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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 10, 2020 is:

pertinacious • per-tuh-NAY-shus  • adjective

1 a : adhering resolutely to an opinion, purpose, or design

b : perversely persistent

2 : stubbornly tenacious

Examples:

“In fact, the exorcism was quite ineffectual upon the pertinacious demon, or whatever the apparition might be.” — Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Marble Faun, 1859

“Meldrum gave a convincing portrayal of the protagonist’s downfall, from a pertinacious convict with goals and aspirations, to an increasingly fame-obsessed and ultimately unhappy free woman.” — Jagnoor Saran, The Ottawa Citizen, 14 Dec. 2018

Did you know?

Remove the first syllable of pertinacious and say what remains out loud: you’ll hear something that sounds a lot like the word tenacious, meaning “tending to adhere or cling.” The similarity between pertinacious and tenacious isn’t mere coincidence; both words derive from tenax, the Latin word for “tenacious,” and ultimately from the verb tenēre, meaning “to hold.” Another descendant of tenēre is tenure, a word that is typically used of the right to hold a job (especially a teaching position) for as long as desired.

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Ken Saunders is a freelance writer, gadget collector and Biohacker. Kens’ professional background is in Information Technology as well as Health and Wellness. His experience has given him a broad base from which to approach many topics. He especially enjoys researching and writing articles on the topics of Technology, Food, and all things Freelancing. His articles have appeared in many online sites, including Lifehack.media, Andrew Christian, Alltherooms.com and Vocal.media.You can learn more about his services at http://www.ken-saunders.info.

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