December 28, 2016
vociferous (adjective)
\voh-SIF-uh-rus\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: making a loud outcry : noisy, clamorous
How do you use it?
"And the next morning Agnes Bentley, going out of doors before the others, found on the doorstep a basket containing a small, vociferous black kitten with a card attached to its neck." (Lucy Maud Montgomery, "Young Si")
Are you a word wiz?

Lucy Maud Montgomery's story "Young Si," with its vociferous kitten, was published in 1901. But "vociferous" first appeared in English before then. 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 appearance in English of several words that sound quite modern, including "animator," "announcer," "blender," "druggist," "pathology," "refrigerator," and "transmission."
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