Word of the Day 

capricious adjectivegoverned or characterized by caprice : impulsiveunpredictable 

The court ruled that the punishmentwas arbitrary and capricious

Some of her songs are humorouseven capriciousthough many reflecton the more hidden of life‘s injustices.” — St. Augustine (FloridaRecordFebruary 27, 2015

Did you know?
The noun capricewhich firstappeared in English in the mid-17thcentury, is a synonym of whimEvidence shows that the adjectivecapricious debuted about sixty yearsbefore caprice; it’s likelyhoweverthat both words derived via Frenchfrom the Italian capricciowhichoriginally referred not to a suddendesire but to a sudden shudder of fearCapriccio in turn derives fromthe Italian capomeaning “head,” and riccio, the word for “hedgehog.” Someone who shuddered in feartherefore, was said to have a “hedgehog head“—meaning that his or her hair stood on end like the spines of a hedgehog.


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