Word of the Day – Panglossian

By February 13, 2017Word of the Day

Panglossian (adj)

pan-gloss-ee-an

To be always optimistic regardless of the facts.

From the name of the tutor and philosopher in Voltaire’s Candide (1759)

Example sentences

“He’s such a pangloss, he’d see he positive in anything.”

“Her panglossian thinking always got us through.”

Word of the Day – Senectitude

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Senectitude (noun)

sen-ek-ti-tood

The last stage of life; old age.

Senectitude comes from the Medieval Latin noun senectitūdō meaning “old age,” which in turn comes from Classical Latin senectūs, a derivative of the noun senex meaning “old man.” Senectitude entered English in the late 1700s, more precisely, in 1796 in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels

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