December 28, 2011
vociferous (adjective)
\voh-SIF-uh-rus\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: making a loud outcry : noisy, clamorous
How do you use it?
As a puppy, Dan's dog, Sheba, was the most vociferous member of the litter, but she grew up to be a calm, obedient companion.
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Which one of these events do you think took place around the same year that "vociferous" entered English?

"Vociferous" first appeared in English around the year 1611, and "The Tempest," believed to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone, made its debut on the London stage at about the same time. The Authorized, or King James Version, of the Bible, which would have a huge influence on the English language, was also published in 1611. That year likewise saw the first English appearance of several words that sound quite modern, including "animator," "announcer," "blender," "druggist," "pathology," "refrigerator," and "transmission."
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