Pronounced: SNOL-ee-gos-tuhr, noun
Notes: Another word I don’t recall hearing
The word pococurante means “indifferent; nonchalant”
The word showed up as a noun in the mid-1700s; it was first used as an adjective in the early 1800s
Background / Comments
The word was first used as the name of apathetic character by Voltaire in Candide (1759); he chose his characters in that work to create allegories. The name Pococurante means “caring little” in Italian. The word was picked up by Laurence Sterne in English, and a later writer – Thomas Moore – used it as an adjective.
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