Pronounced: NONE-kyuh-pate, verb

Notes: I think the adjectival form ‘nuncupative’ may be better known

Yesterday’s word

The word nugatory means “of no value; worthless; trifling; having no effect; futile; in vain”

First usage

Our word came into English in the very late 1500s or very early 1600s

Background / Comments

I’m still impressed that a word meaning worthless has so many possible pronunciations. Our word is another one from the Latin word nūgātōrius (worthless; useless; trifling).

Published by Richard

Christian, lover-of-knowledge, Texan, and other things.

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