Good morning and happy Monday! It’s the last week of April, and we are expecting snow tonight into the early morning – yippee skippy. This kind of April snow showers must be predicting a magical species of May flowers come next week, and whether you think this is good or bad, this week Wordsmith has some variations on those simple words you can use.

truculent (TRUK-yuh-luhnt)

adjective: eager to fight; destructive; cruel; savage

From Latin trux (savage). Earliest documented use: 1550

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Sir Geoffrey also visited PW Botha, the South African president, but found him ‘defiant, ill-mannered, and truculent’, according to a report he wrote for Mrs Thatcher.”
Britain ‘Was Seen as a Friend of Apartheid’; Daily Mail (London, UK); Feb 19, 2016.

unctuous (UNGK-choo-uhs)

adjective: displaying insincere earnestness or piousness; oily

From Latin unctum (ointment), from unguere (to anoint). Earliest documented use: 1387

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Personally he is sleek and unctuous, is always found among the godly.”
Clifton Rodman Woolridge; Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World; Library of Alexandria; 2015.

irresolute (i-REZ-uh-loot)

adjective: uncertain or indecisive

From Latin in- (not) + resoltus, past participle of resolvere (to resolve), from re- + solvere (to untie or loosen). Ultimately from the Indo-European root leu- (to loosen, divide), which is also the source for forlorn, lag, loss, solve, and analysis. Earliest documented use: 1574

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Ayub Khan was seen as a very hesitant and irresolute commander.”
Sushant Singh; The War No One Lost; Indian Express (Mumbai); Oct 24, 2015.

veracious (vuh-RAY-shuhs)

adjective: truthful; honest; accurate

From Latin verus (true). Earliest documented use: 1677

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Olivia had instinctively perceived that the girl was neither exaggerating nor embellishing, and she knew she had listened to a veracious witness.”
Barbara Taylor Bradford; A Woman of Substance; Doubleday; 1979.

doughty (DAU-tee)

adjective: brave; couragous; determined

From Old English dohtig (worthy). Earliest documented use: 1030

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Alex Gordon was also a doughty fighter for the underdog.”
The Herald (Glasgow, UK); Mar 12, 2016.

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