Sunday, January 04, 2015

word of the day: specious

The word of the day is specious:
1. apparently good or right though lacking real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible
2. pleasing to the eye but deceptive.
Latin speciōsus fair, good-looking, beautiful, equivalent to speci (ēs) (see species ) + -ōsus -ous (

"Albee's parents paid little attention to him; he was a bourgeois prop, meant to complete their specious idea of 'family.'"

 - Hilton Als, "Just the Folks: Edward Albee's bad marriages", 1 December 2014 The New Yorker

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