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Nov 26, 2015
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

This week’s words
stridulous
torpid
fastuous
impertinent
bibulous

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impertinent

PRONUNCIATION:
(im-PURT-nuhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: 1. Presumptuous or rude. 2. Irrelevant.

ETYMOLOGY:
From in- (not) + pertinere (to pertain), from per- (through) + tenere (to hold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ten- (to stretch), which also gave us tense, tenet, tendon, tent, tenor, tender, pretend, extend, tenure, tetanus, hypotenuse, tenuous, tenable, extenuate, distend, detente, countenance, and abstentious. Earliest documented use: 1380.

USAGE:
“Colin Firth stars as the stuttering king, while Geoffrey Rush is the impertinent Aussie who attempts to cure him.”
Satellite Choice; Daily Mail (London, UK); Jul 31, 2015.

See more usage examples of impertinent in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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