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Word of the Day [05 Aug 2004|05:20am]
rectitudinous \rek-tuh-TOO-duh-nuss\ adjective
*1 : characterized by straightness or moral integrity
2 : piously self-righteous

I like any word that ends in "tudinous". These come from
Merriam-Webster, by the way.

After the word, they talk about it for a while. Look how hard they are
trying not to say "rectum" in the following paragraph:


Did you know?
"Rectitudinous" comes to us straight from the Late
Latin "rectitudin-" (English added the "-ous" ending), which is,
in turn, ultimately derived from the Latin word "rectus,"
meaning both "straight" and "right." (There are other "rectus"
descendants in English, including "rectitude," of course,
and "rectilinear," "rectangle," and "rectify.")
When "rectitudinous" first appeared in print in 1897, it was in
the phrase "notoriously and unctuously rectitudinous."
Although "rectitude" often expresses an admirable moral
integrity, "rectitudinous" has always had a less flattering
side. It can suggest not only moral uprightness but also a
displeasing holier-than-thou attitude.
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