Happy Monday! I had a nice weekend full of writing, reading, productivity, and visiting my family; I hope you enjoyed yours as much as I did mine. This week, Wordsmith has selected five words that will add a little positivity to your everyday language.

licit (LIS-it)

adjective: legal or legitimate

From licere (to be allowed), which also gave us license and leisure. Earliest documented use: 1483

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“Many officials in governance and administration have undergone an accelerated improvement in lifestyle based on no visible, or licit, revenue streams.”
Lifestyle Audits Will Sniff Out Corruption; The Star (Nairobi, Kenya); Nov 17, 2015.

peccable (PEK-uh-buhl)

adjective: imperfect; flawed; capable of sinning

From Latin peccare (to err or sin). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ped- (foot), which also gave us pedal, podium, octopus, impeach, peccavi, and peccadillo (alluding to a stumble or fall). Earliest documented use: 1604

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“We picked up a Peugeot 406 automatic at Toulouse airport. I approached the glossy woman at the airport desk and announced in extremely peccable French: ‘The car is here, brothel-owning lady, for us.’”
Mark Dapin; Lost in France; The Times (London, UK); Aug 21, 2004.

clement (KLEM-uhnt)

adjective: mild; gentle; lenient

From Latin clemens (gentle, mild). Earliest documented use: 1483

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“When the alpine grasses go brown, when the frosts hit, when the snow flies, the elk have got to come down from these highlands and all the others to find more clement conditions.”
David Quammen; Into the Backcountry; National Geographic (Washington, DC); May 2016.

effable (EF-uh-buhl)

adjective: capable of being expressed

From Latin fari (to speak). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bha- (to speak), which also gave us fable, fairy, fate, fame, blame, confess, and infant (literally, one unable to speak). Earliest documented use: 1637

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“The humanities, whose products are necessarily less tangible and effable than their science and engineering peers (and less readily yoked to the needs of the corporate world), have been an easy target for this sprawling new management class.”
Alex Preston; The War Against Humanities at Britain’s Universities; The Observer (London, UK); Mar 30, 2015.

scrutable (SKROO-tuh-buhl)

adjective: capable of being understood

From Latin scrutari (to examine), from scruta (trash), which also gave us scrutiny, scrutator, and scrutate. Earliest documented use: 1604

Usage (from Wordsmith)
“In fact, that’s the great irony of the court’s decision: By ruling that Google had to alter its ‘memories’ for some, it essentially ruled that it should become less scrutable and less transparent for others.”
Caitlin Dewey; Europe’s Highest Court Says People Have ‘the Right to Be Forgotten’; The Washington Post; May 13, 2014

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