ellesieg (ellesieg) wrote in 1word1day,

Tuesday Word: pococurante

This word comes from poco (little) and curante, the present participle of curare, meaning "to care." Thus it means "caring little" -- indifferent, nonchalant. You can also refer to an indifferent, apathetic person as a pococurante. If you're in a self-deprecating mood, saying "I am a pococurante" in a terrible fake accent while flipping a scarf over your shoulder and sticking your nose in the air before running trudging off to write a three-page entry on the subject of ennui would make for a lovely evening.

Signor Pococuranté is a character in Voltaire's Candide who is unimpressed by..well, practically everything. Here is the chapter in which he appears.
Tags: latin, p, wordsmith: ellesieg

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