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cantankerous

2022-07-05 13:00 作者: 来源: 本站 浏览: 90 views Make a Comment 字号:

摘要: Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 5, 2022 is: cantankerous • \kan-TANK-uh-rus\&nbs...

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for July 5, 2022 is:

cantankerous • \kan-TANK-uh-rus\  • adjective

A cantankerous person is often angry and annoyed. Cantankerous also means “difficult or irritating to deal with.”

// Several sportswriters cited the coach’s cantankerous personality as a reason for the team’s poor performance and lack of motivation.

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Examples:

“The episode centers around the Daffodil Ball, a magnificent cow, and a cantankerous pig. I would also be cantankerous if veterinarians who hadn't even passed their exams were chasing me around with a scalpel.” — Alice Burton, Vulture, 16 Jan. 2022

Did you know?

Cantankerous people are cranky: they’re grumpy and angry and if we think charitably about them for a moment we might consider that they possibly suffer from a health affliction that sours the mood. It’s been speculated that cantankerous is a product of the Middle English contack, meaning “contention,” under the influence of a pair of words: rancorous and cankerous. Rancorous brings the anger and "bitter deep-seated ill will" (as rancor can be understood to mean). And cankerous brings the perhaps understandable foul mood: a cankerous person suffers from painful sores—that is, cankers.



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