Word of the Day – Querulous

By February 26, 2017 Word of the Day

Querulous (adj)

kwer-ul-us

Complaining in a rather petulant or whining manner: Inclined to make whining or peevish complaints.

It is the manner in which the complaint is being made that is the deciding factor as to whether someone is merely complaining or querulous with the latter being marked by a high pitched whining tone.

Example sentences

“His urbanely crinkly face oozes disapproval; his querulous voice is like a fingernail at a scab.”

“The querulous critic who scolds it as he would a spoiled child, has not learned the primer of politics..”

Word of the Day – Cogitate

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Cogitate (adj)

koj-i-tayt

Think deeply about something; meditate or reflect.

Late 16th century: from Latin cogitat- ‘considered’, from the verb cogitare, from co- ‘together’ + agitare ‘turn over, consider’.

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Word of the Day – Careen

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Careen (verb)

ka-reen

(of a ship) tilt; lean over.
Move swiftly and in an uncontrolled way.

Late 16th century (as a noun denoting the position of a careened ship): from French carène, from Italian carena, from Latin carina ‘a keel’. Sense 2 was influenced by the verb career.

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Word of the Day – Lacet

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Lacet (noun)

la-set

A flat braided tape; especially a braid used to form designs on lace. Also: braided work, especially on lace. Frequently attributive, as “lacet braid”, “lacet work”, etc.

A hairpin bend in a road.

Early 19th century; earliest use found in Ladies’ Monthly Museum. From French lacet flat braided tape, braid used to form designs on lace from lace + -et
mid 19th century. From French lacet hairpin bend, specific sense development of lacet lace.

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