foudroyant

Pronounced: foo-DROI-uhnt, adj

Notes: A nice word to know; I hope I’ll remember it well enough to use it


Yesterday’s word

The word pudency means “modesty; bashfulness”

First usage

This word came into English in the early 1600s

Background / Comments

Our word looks a lot like “prudish” to me, and that’s pretty close to the definition. The word “prudish”, however, has a bit of a bad connotation, as it means “excessively proper or modest in speech, dress, behavior”. Oddly enough, our word, though milder, comes from the Latin word pudentia (to make or be ashamed), which is the source of the word “pudibund”, which does mean “prudish”… words…. they is so much fun!

Published by Richard

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

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