Word of the Day – Myrmidon

Myrmidon, a synonym for hireling or loyal follower, comes to English from Greek.

The original myrmidons were followers of King Achilles (he of the Achilles heel) in the Trojan war.

Myrmidon is often used in a pejorative way to refer to a follower who obeys orders without asking any questions.

Example: The BJP’s myrmidons would think nothing of exterminating Muslims in India.

6 Responses to "Word of the Day – Myrmidon"

  1. jay   April 17, 2009 at 4:36 pm

    what a disagreeable word! it sounds like its old and has warts and spits everywhere.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    At least, it doesn’t have a split personality. 😉

    Remember Sybil?

  2. babyface   April 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    etymology: Tamil MyiruMadaiyan c. 1984

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    MirugaMadaiyan. 985 AD

    (A jester in Raja Raja Chola’s court?)

  3. jay   April 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    better that than being in a constant state of youism.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    How do you do it?

  4. jay   April 17, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    do what?

  5. babyface   April 17, 2009 at 11:44 pm

    yeah jay, how do you do that?

    SearchIndia.com Responds:


    Offtopic 1: Looks like your idiot Senator is in the news again. Rachel Maddow (MSNBC) made him look like a jerk for the hiatus between what he advocated and what he did.

    Offtopic 2: After our late-night Idli-fying, all’s well with the world.

  6. babyface   April 18, 2009 at 12:23 am

    I understood the part about idli.. but I don’t follow politics.. diligently following baseball scores from all over the nation..

    if only Maddow were better looking, I may watch that show. watched it on msnbc.com now.. Blagojevich towers over this idiot.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Rachel Maddow is the Left’s version of Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. Prefer Keith Olbermann to her any day.

    From what we gather, she’s a lesbian. That, of course, is no bar against drooling over her.

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