Word Wednesday

Word Wednesday!

Definitions are taken from the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Comeuppance: a noun meaning “punishment that someone deserves to receive.”

Where did I learn this word? From Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire.

Why do I like it? Because it sounds a lot like the combination of the three words ‘come’ ‘up’ and ‘pence.’ Which, if you think about it, but don’t think about too hard, kind of makes sense for a word that means what this word does. This is not the proper etymology of the word, but if you take ‘comeuppance’, divided it into the words it sounds like a combination of, and then make a sentence out of it, it would be “come up with the pence.” Which, to me, is very much reminiscent of the phrase “paying the piper”, which, in effect, means something very similar to comeuppance. This is all, of course, nonsense. Nevertheless, it’s the kind of thing I think about for some reason, and that’s why I like the word.

Have I ever used this word? Sadly no, but I will be looking for my first opportunity.