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Sunday, May 27, 2012

ventose

\VEN-tohs\ , adjective;
1.
Given to empty talk; windy.
Quotes:
Anyhow, it is better to wind up that way than to go growling out one's existence as a ventose hypochondriac.
-- Thomas Henry Huxley, Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley
The ventose orator was confounded, and put himself and his glass down together.
-- L. J. Bigelow, Bench and Bar
Origin:
First used in English in the 1700s, ventose is derived from the Latin word for wind, "vent."
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