Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Wednesday Word: Churlish

churlish |ˈCHərliSHadjectiverude in a mean-spirited and surly way: it seemschurlish to complain.DERIVATIVES churlishly adverb.churlishness nounORIGIN Old English cierlisc, ceorlisc 
Now here's a perfectly good word that has fallen out of favor. It would be an interesting experiment calling people churlish with a big smile. Would they be affronted or take it as a compliment?

1 comment:

  1. Not one I've used, but definitely familiar with it.