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Jan 13, 2017
This week’s theme
Words that appear rude, but aren’t

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cockup
crapulous
pricket
fard
cunctation

Fabius Maximus, Cunctator
Fabius Maximus (c. 280-203 BCE), Roman general, who earned the nickname Cunctator from his guerrilla tactics in not engaging the enemy directly when outnumbered
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with Anu Garg

cunctation

PRONUNCIATION:
(kungk-TAY-shunn)

MEANING:
noun: Delay; procrastination; tardiness.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin cunctari (to hesitate, delay). Earliest documented use: 1585.

USAGE:
“By postponement, we gain peace today. Have we anything to lose by it? Our capacity for cunctation is one of our most powerful and characteristic national weapons.”
John Maynard Keynes; The Essential Keynes; Penguin Classics; 2016.

See more usage examples of cunctation in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
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