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It’s [Adjective] Monday!

Posted by MyLaowai on Monday, January 19, 2009

Today’s adjective is:


1. telling lies, esp. habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful: a mendacious person.
2. false or untrue: a mendacious report.

Pronunciation: men-dey-shuhs

Origin: 1616, from M.Fr. mendacieux, from L. mendacium “a lie,” from mendax (gen. mendacis) “lying, deceitful,” related to menda “fault, defect, carelessness in writing” (cf. amend, mendicant), from PIE base *mend- “physical defect, fault.” The sense evolution of mendax influenced by mentiri “to speak falsely, lie, deceive.” Mendacity is attested from 1646.

Example: “Another fanciful expenses claim? Damn the eyes of those bloody mendacious employees of mine!”

7 Responses to “It’s [Adjective] Monday!”

  1. justrecently said

    Another Example: Sinocidal´s comment there. Some people would do everything for two beers and one whore.
    Suggestion for next adjective Monday: self-renunciatory. Origin: 1785 – 95.

  2. Justlately – that’s just all wrong on so many levels.

  3. justrecently said

    You sound phlegmatic, Sinosceptic. Just phlegmatic.

  4. I live in China – it’s more likely that I’m phlemlactic.

  5. We, the retarded, demand a higher level spell checker for made up words.

  6. MyLaowai said

    Are you tired of having to do all your own spitting? Are you in need of saliva recuperation? If so, then this is for you:

    Introducing the Phlegmatic 2000!

    Spits up to a gallon an hour, allowing you to save your own gob for hotel rooms and important meetings. Be the best that a Han can be, with the Phlegmatic 2000.

  7. […] (RSS) « It’s [Adjective] Monday! It’s [Fact] Friday! […]

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