Word of the Day — Desultory

James Jones (From Here To Eternity)

James Jones (From Here To Eternity)

I found this word while reading Who the Hell is Pansy O’Hara? by Jenny Bond and Chris Sheedy.  It was in the chapter about James Jones and thank goodness I had my dictionary handy.

des·ul·to·ry

adjective \ˈde-səl-ˌtr-ē also -zəl-\

: not having a plan or purpose

: done without serious effort

1:  marked by lack of definite plan, regularity, or purpose <a dragged-out ordeal of…desultory shopping — Herman Wouk>
2:  not connected with the main subject
3:  disappointing in progress, performance, or quality <a desultory fifth place finish> <a desultory wine>
A quick look in my Websters said a synonym was ‘random’, which is what I filled in the sentence with instead of desultory.  It had to do with college classes on writing.  Honestly, I doubt I will remember what this word actually means.  It is probably one that I need to write a small definition in the margins.  I do that occasionally.  With a pencil, mark what a word means. Especially if I plan to come back and read the book later.
Have you run into any fun or forgettable words this week?  If so, post them in the comments. I’m always on a lookout for odd words.
Signing off
~Kate

 

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