Wednesday, January 20, 2010


myrmidon • \MER-muh-dahn\ • noun

a loyal follower; especially : a subordinate who executes orders unquestioningly or unscrupulously

Example Sentence:
The boss was more likely to offer promotions to her myrmidons than to those workers who occasionally questioned her tactics or proposed alternate solutions.

Did you know?
The Myrmidons, legendary inhabitants of Thessaly in Greece, were known for their fierce devotion to their king, Achilles, who led them in the Trojan War. "Myrmex" means "ant" in Greek, an image that evokes small and insignificant workers mindlessly fulfilling their duty. Whether the original Myrmidons were given their name for that reason is open to question. The "ant" association is strong, however. Some say the name is from a legendary ancestor who once had the form of an ant; others say the Myrmidons were actually transformed from ants. In any case, since the 1400s, we've employed "myrmidon" in its not-always-complimentary, ant-evoking, figurative sense.

Life would be a lot easier if I had a devoted myrmidon to do my chores for me, dontcha think?

Your turn: Use 'MYRMIDON' in a sentence in the comments section to try out the newest word in your vocab arsenal.


Emily said...

I guess if you want me to be your myrmidon, you're going to have to pay for my lobotomy.

This is such a fun feature!

I Heart Monster said...

There'll be no lobotomies paid for by me... I don't want myrmidons, I want independent minds! Thanks for stopping by and learning some vocab with me!