Pronounced: shi-CANE, verb/noun

Notes: I don’t think I’ve ever run across this word

Yesterday’s word

The word stolid means “having or expressing little or no sensibility : unemotional”

First usage

Our word came into English in around 1600 (sort of; see Background below)

Background / Comments

When our word first came into English, it described people who were considered dull or stupid because they didn’t wear their emotions on their sleeves. By the the 1800s, the word had dropped the idea of foolishness, and has the same meaning today. The word comes from the Latin word stolidus (dull; stupid). There is a relation to the word “stultify” (to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical), and retains the foolish part of the meaning.

Published by Richard

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

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