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There’s a Word for That: Deipnosophist

atkins-bookshelf-wordsDefinition: a person who is a great or witty conversationalist at the dinner table.

Related word: raconteur

Etymology: From the Greek word deipnosophistes that translated literally means “one learned in the affairs of the kitchen.” The word is formed from the Greek words deipno (“dinner”) and sophistes (master of a craft, expert). The word was introduced by the Greek rhetorician, Athenaeus, in his 15-volume work entitled The Deipnosophistae (circa 3 AD).

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