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Oct 27, 2006
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Words to describe people

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pertinacious
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oscitant
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pococurante

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pococurante

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(po-ko-koo-RAN-tee, -kyoo-) adjective: Indifferent, apathetic, nonchalant.

noun: A careless or indifferent person.

From Italian poco (little) + curante, present participle of curare, (to care), from Latin curare (cure, care).

"The only child of an interminably famous literary theorist, and now pococurante chair of the English Department, Hank published one critically acclaimed novel -- Off the Road -- 20 years ago."
Gail Caldwell; College Bound Richard Russo's Comic/Sad Novel of Learning and Campus Politics; Boston Globe; Jul 13, 1997.

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No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true. -Nathaniel Hawthorne, writer (1804-1864)

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