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Word of the Day – Cantankerous

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - Word of the Day

disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish

This word is inspired by my best friend.  A couple days ago he decided that this was his “word of the decade.”

This is a fun word, so I’m going to use it in a fun sentence!

Cannibalism can cause canker-sores causing a cantankerous countenance.

*I’m using an obsolete definition of the word “countenance.”

This word is believed to have come from the Middle English word “contek” or “conteckour” which means “quarrelsome person.”  Influence from words like “rancorous” (meaning full of bitter, long-lasting resentment) and “cankerous” (meaning ulcerous) would have added on the “-ous” and tossed in the “-ank-” section.

Really, this word is a fun word despite it’s definition.  Try saying it ten times fast.  I dare you!  :-p

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