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Word of the Day: Cantankerous

Word of the Day: Cantankerous

I wanted to make sure to cover words we don't hear often as well as ones we do. Today I want to bring the word Cantankerous into your awareness. This word is probably of latin origin and means difficult or cumbersome.

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Definition, Synonyms, Translations of cantankerous by The Free Dictionary

Looking into the etymology of this fun word it sounds like it probably was first used to describe someone who is ill-tempered or a troublemaker. According to etymonline.com it's  'from Anglo-French contec "discord, strife,"'. Today it's used to describe anything that is difficult as often as it is used to describe a person.

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