facinorous (fa-SIN-uhr-uhs) adjective
[From Latin facinorous, from facinus (bad deed), from facere (to do or make).]
"O ambitious Marius! O cruel Catiline! O facinorous Sylla!"
Miguel de Cervantes; Don Quixote (Translation by Thomas Shelton).
"Parolles: Nay, 'tis strange, 'tis very strange, that is the brief and
the tedious of it; and he is of a most facinorous spirit ..."
William Shakespeare; All's Well that Ends Well (Act II, Scene III).
A recent email in my mailbox began:
"I love your daily words! I teach a college class and often share your
words with students. I have a suggestion for a week of words. One of my
pet peeves is that students, like so much of the world, have relegated
themselves to using just a few words to express themselves when they
are angry. I have been encouraging them to try out some others. Instead
of `I'm going to kick your a__' try `I'm going to defenestrate you!'
Why not spend a week with some other fun words to replace such terms
as `you SOB' `F-you' etc.?" -Kaylene Armstrong
Thanks for your excellent suggestion! You asked for it. And here it is:
a week of literary insults. Hope your students put them to good use.
Flattery won't hurt you if you don't swallow it. -Kin Hubbard, humorist
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