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Word of the Day: Fatuous

Aug 14, 2019 | The Dictionary Project: Word of the Day | 0 comments

fat-u-ous / ˈfa-chü-əs
1.      foolish or inanely silly
No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction.
Samuel Butler, 1835-1902
2.      unreal; illusory
Everybody who’s been on television more than once wears in public an expression of fatuous affability.
Quentin Crisp, 1908-1999
This word, first recorded in the 1530s, comes from the Latin fatuus, meaning ‘foolish, insipid, silly’. There is some debate over the origin of the Latin word, but many suggest it comes from a Proto-Italic word, fatowo, which means ‘speech’. Interestingly, Fatuus is believed to be an alternate name for the god Faunus, who predicted the future in Roman mythology.

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