pompatus

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First used in the lyrics of Steve Miller's 1972 rock song "Enter Maurice" ("whisper sweet words of epismetology in your ear and speak to you of the pompatus of love.") and popularized in his 1973 rock song "The Joker" ("Cause I speak of the pompatus of love"), but having no apparent meaning in either song. Inspired by the lyric "Oh my darling, let me whisper sweet words of pizmotality and discuss the puppetutes of love" the The Medallions "The Letter" written by Vernon Green. ("Puppetutes" described a fantasy paper-doll or puppet-like girl.)

Noun[edit]

pompatus

  1. (nonce word) One who is pompous or splendid.
    • 2000, Michael Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost, Picador, ISBN 0330480774, page 140
      She loved the way the lecturer stated it, offhand, but with the air of a pompatus.
    • 2011, Craig Robinson, Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure, ISBN 1608193489:
      It's a good job there was no need for a baseball infographic about “The joker” because I'd have been forced to use a terrible pun: the pompatus of glove.
    • 2014 November 6, Barryfromtexas, “Week 9 Thingy - Not Enough Heh to Go Around (Now with grammarfication)”, in SBNation:
      Ryan Mallett is the pompatus of offense.
    • 2015, Suanne Laqueur, Give Me Your Answer True, ISBN 1508985219:
      “And my mom is the pompatus of love,” Will said.
  2. (nonce word) Pomp, ostentatiousness, or spectacle.
    • 2004, Michael Chabon & ‎Michael Mignola, McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, ISBN 1400078741, page 84:
      It could be a whang-dang-doodle, a cloche hat made out of coyote fur, or a phylactery testifying to the pompatus of love.
    • 2010, Loren Berengere, Satirical Denouncements of the Wicked Americans and We Anti-Matriarchalists[1], page 98:
      Got my pompatus up; my rave'll be on in a few. I must have popped too many; the Iowa donkeys are starting to bray in my ears.
    • 2015, John Hornor Jacobs, Foreign Devils, ISBN 057512394X:
      All the pompatus of war. It would come.
    • 2015 June 26, Eric Zorn, “What same-sex marriage backers 'lost'”, in Chicago Tribune:
      If you're into the pompatus of Twitter, send email to ericzorn@gmail.com and I'll sign you up for the newsletter that alerts you when the week's poll is posted.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Perfect passive participle of pompō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Participle[edit]

pompātus m (feminine pompāta, neuter pompātum); first/second declension

  1. acted or done pompously (with pomp)

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative pompātus pompāta pompātum pompātī pompātae pompāta
genitive pompātī pompātae pompātī pompātōrum pompātārum pompātōrum
dative pompātō pompātō pompātīs
accusative pompātum pompātam pompātum pompātōs pompātās pompāta
ablative pompātō pompātā pompātō pompātīs
vocative pompāte pompāta pompātum pompātī pompātae pompāta

Adjective[edit]

pompātus (feminine pompāta, neuter pompātum); first/second declension

  1. splendid (with pomp)

Inflection[edit]

First/second declension.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masculine Feminine Neuter Masculine Feminine Neuter
nominative pompātus pompāta pompātum pompātī pompātae pompāta
genitive pompātī pompātae pompātī pompātōrum pompātārum pompātōrum
dative pompātō pompātō pompātīs
accusative pompātum pompātam pompātum pompātōs pompātās pompāta
ablative pompātō pompātā pompātō pompātīs
vocative pompāte pompāta pompātum pompātī pompātae pompāta

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