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miscreantics

noun; blending
actions that are delinquent and juvenile, yet fun for the one doing the actions. The blend combines the delinquency associated with miscreant (meaning "criminal") with the playfulness of antics (meaning "action seeking to draw attention and produce fun"). This word was formed for its euphonic appeal. With an entire syllable of overlap, the word fuses very naturally.
 
When I have children, I won’t put up with your kind of miscreantics.
Etymology : English miscreant ‘criminal’ (Anglo-Norman mescreant, mescreaunt Middle French mescreant ‘heretic’) + antics ‘playful, ludicrous act’ (Latin antiquus ‘ancient’)
Source : myself, speaking to roommate
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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