The Word of the Day for July 15, 2009 is:
fractious • \FRAK-shus\ • adjective
- 1 : tending to be troublesome : unruly
- 2 : quarrelsome, irritable
The class was fractious and uncontrollable when Mr. Douglas first took over as teacher, but he now has the students disciplined, focused, and ready to learn.
Did you know?
The Latin verb frangere (“to break or shatter“) has many modern English relations. Dishes that are fragile can break easily. A person whose health is easily broken might be described as frail. A fraction is one of the many pieces into which a whole can be broken. But fraction also once meant “disharmony” or “discord” — that is, a “rupture in relations.” From this noun sense came the adjective fractious, meaning “unruly” or “quarrelsome.” Though the “disharmony” sense of the noun is now obsolete, fractious is still common today.