Word of the day: desultory
October 11, 2007
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Acccording to the AHD:
Desultory suggests a shifting about from one thing to another that reflects a lack of method: a desultory conversation.
Pronounced: deSULtory. This is one of those words I thought I knew, but I didn’t when I actually looked it up. It’s a good word to describe this weblog.
The origins are described thusly:
[Origin: 1575–85; < L désultōrius pertaining to a désultor (a circus rider who jumps from one horse to another), equiv. to désul-, var. s. of désilīre to jump down (dé- de- + -silīre, comb. form of salīre to leap) + -tōrius -tory1]
I dunno. That seems just too good a story to be true.