This week’s word is Phlegmatic, it is one of the four temperaments first used by Hippocrates in Greco-Roman Medicine; the others were sanguine, choleric and melancholic. I have no idea why this word popped out at me but perhaps it describes how I’m feeling at the moment, a bit calm and quiet and pleased to be taking a break for a few days.
My alternative meaning for the word is ‘loud hacking cough‘ – what would your’s be?
This week’s word is Phlegmatic, it is an ADJECTIVE and is pronounced ‘flegg-mat-ich’
Examples of the word Phlegmatic
- She tried hard to encourage him to join in, but he was phlegmatic in his indifference to games
- The phlegmatic nature of the man prevented others from asking him to join them after work.
Origins of the word Phlegmatic
Its first known use is in the 14thC sometime between 1300–50. It derives from the Latin word phlegmaticus, which in turn derives from the Greek word phlegmatikós (pertaining to phlegm), and it replaced the Middle English word fleumatik which originated in the Middle French word fleumatique.
Why the Weekly Word?
The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org.
Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Words you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word