Word Geek – Pugnacious

This month Word Geek has chosen ‘pugnacious’ as word of the month.

Pugnacious is an adjective used to describe a person who is eager or quick to argue or prepare for a fight. If you are familiar with the ‘pug’ breed of dog you may be forgiven for thinking the origins of the word pugnacious relate to the breed – as they frequently like to assert themselves around other dogs, TV adverts (especially when containing dogs or a vacuum cleaner) and even aeroplanes!

However, the word actually has Latin origins. The Latin for ‘fist’ pugnus and the word meaning ‘to fight’ pugnare were combined to create pugnax or pugnac. In the mid-17th century this was combined with English word-ending ‘cious’ to create pugnacious.

‘Pug’, perhaps surprisingly, is thought to have come from the word ‘puck’ meaning imp or sprite. An apt description for such a mischievous breed!

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