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Thursday, October 24, 2002

24 OCT 02

I recieved this word from Pythonette (archive) yesterday in response to my linking of "recondite" and "chicks". She used it for "blokes".

From Merriam-Webster.

Obtuse

Pronunciation: äb-‘tüs, &b-, -‘tyüs

Function: adjective

Inflected Form(s): ob·tus·er; -est

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin obtusus: blunt, dull, from past participle of obtundere: to beat against, blunt, from ob-: against + tundere: to beat — more at OB-, CONTUSION

Date: 15th century

1 a : not pointed or acute : BLUNT b (1) of an angle : exceeding 90 degrees but less than 180 degrees (2) : having an obtuse angle (an obtuse triangle)– see TRIANGLE illustration c of a leaf : rounded at the free end.

2 a : lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility or intellect :INSENSITIVE, STUPID b : difficult to comprehend : not clear or precise in thought or expression.

synonym see DULL

ob·tuse·ly adverb

ob·tuse·ness noun

You can’t live with ’em and you can’t shoot ’em.

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