My word of the day

Pertinacious

In addition to being a word in English which contains all 5 of the vowels, it is also a word I didn’t know until I started reading The Iliad today. It’s contained in the foreword to my edition and it means, according to Dictionary.com’s app…

1. Holding tenaciously to a purpose, course of action, or opinion; resolute
2. Stubborn or obstinate

From wordsmith.org on pertinacious:

“Philosopher, mathematician, and writer, Bertrand Russell once said, “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.”

This week’s words describe people who fall somewhere in that spectrum. Do any of them remind you of someone you know?…

“A man is pertinacious when he defends his folly and trusts too greatly in his own wit.” Geoffrey Chaucer; Canterbury Tales: Explicit Secunda Pars Penitentie; 1387-1400 (Translation: Walter W. Skeat). …

X-Bonus

Seven blunders of the world that lead to violence: wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle. -Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)    ”

Thanks to Anu Garg for a great website!

 

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