Word of the Day

The word for today is…

fickle (adj) –  Characterised by erratic changeableness or instability, especially with regard to affections or attachments; capricious.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Circa 1200, “false, treacherous, deceptive, deceitful, crafty” (obsolete), probably from Old English ficol “deceitful, cunning, tricky,” related to befician “deceive,” and to facen “deceit, treachery; blemish, fault.” Common Germanic (compare Old Saxon fekan “deceit,” Old High German feihhan “deceit, fraud, treachery”), from PIE *peig- “evil-minded, treacherous, hostile”.

Sense of “changeable, inconstant, unstable” is from circa 1300 (especially of Fortune and women). Related: Fickleness. Fickly (circa 1300) is rare or obsolete. Also with a verb form in Middle English, fikelen “to deceive, flatter,” later “to puzzle, perplex,” which survived long enough in Northern dialects to get into Scott’s novels. Fikel-tonge (late 14th century) was an allegorical or character name for “one who speaks falsehoods.”


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