Pronounced: rih-jek-tuh-MEN-tuh, noun

Notes: This word is a plural noun; you may know the word

Yesterday’s word

The word officious means

  • excessively eager in offering unwanted or unneeded advice or help
  • acting in pompous or domineering manner, especially in trivial matters
First usage

Our word came into English in the late 1400s

Background / Comments

I had an idea of the sense of pomposity; a kind of a stickler for details. What I did not know was that this word originally a good thing: someone who was dutiful or helpful. Over time, the word came to have a negative sense. With that known, our word comes from the Latin word officiosus (dutiful), which came from officium (service).

Published by Richard

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

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