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Friday, November 13, 2009

Word of the day

Do words ever jump out at you, words you think you should understand but don't?

My work life includes people from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, from the United States and from England. Even though we speak the same language, there are many times when we think we are speaking a very different version of English. Today's word wasn't a cross-ocean difference though, it was a word that only one person knew and used. The rest of us? We needed a dictionary.

fat⋅u⋅ous  [fach-oo-uhs] –adjective

1. foolish or inane, esp. in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly.
2. unreal; illusory.
Definition courtesy of