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Saturday, May 16, 2009


\STOL-id\ , adjective;
Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily excited.
Normally stolid, she occasionally joined in the frequent applause and smiled along with the laughter at the high-spirited session.
-- Seth Mydans, "Indonesia Leader Imposes a Decree to Fight Removal", New York Times, July 23, 2001
The inherent irrationality of markets was first demonstrated in the 17th century, when the normally stolid Dutch population was seized by a tulip craze that caused the people to pay insane prices for a single bulb.
-- Robert Reno, "Analysis: A market that rides on bubbles", Newsday, August 7, 2002
Ulster Protestants are a slow, stolid, quiet, decent, law-abiding people, unstylish and unfashionable.
-- John Derbyshire, "Paisley Goes to Washington", National Review, March 15, 2001
Stolid derives from Latin stolidus, "unmoving, stupid."
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