The Capricious Hedgehog

In keeping with our ongoing love of Hedgehogs, Jim has shared his word for the day. How cute is this little guy?

Feb 27, 2012

This week’s theme Words with hidden animals
This week’s words capricious hedgehog

Do I look capricious?

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This week’s words are something like that. There are animals hidden in the words. You just need to put them under the microscope of etymology to see them. Focus your eyepiece and this week you’ll see hedgehog, ox, cuckoo, wolf, and ram.

capricious

PRONUNCIATION:

(kuh-PRISH-uhs, -PREE-shuhs)

MEANING:

adjective: Whimsical, impulsive, unpredictable.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Italian capriccio (caprice), literally head with hair standing on end, from capo (head) + riccio (hedgehog). Earliest documented use: 1594.

USAGE:

“Such is the peril of entrusting one’s employment to the whim of a capricious oligarch.” Rory Smith; Whispers of Disapproval; The Independent (London, UK); Dec 1, 2011.

Explore “capricious” in the Visual Thesaurus.

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