Friday, April 27, 2018

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Querulous

 
Merriam-Webster
WORD OF THE DAY
April 27, 2018
querulous Audio pronunciation
adjective | KWAIR-yuh-lus  
Definition
:
habitually complaining
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English speakers have tagged fearful whiners querulous since late medieval times. The Middle English form of the word, querelose, was an adaptation of the Latin adjective, querulus, which in turn evolved from the Latin verb queri, meaning "to complain." Queri is also an ancestor of the English words quarrel and quarrelsome,
but it isn't an ancestor of the noun query (meaning "question"). No need to complain that we're being coy; we're happy to let you know that query descends from the Latin verb quaerere, meaning "to ask."
Examples of QUERULOUS
"… the punch of her performance lies in its sheer nerve; even though her character has our sympathy from the start, she keeps asking for more, tugging at us like a querulous child until our patience cracks."
Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 24 July 2017
"And while ordinarily, he was not one who was inclined to be querulous, still now on occasion, he could be. He began by asking questions concerning his wife's appearance—irritating little whys which are so trivial and yet so exasperating and discouraging to a woman."
Theodore Dreiser, The Financier, 1912
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