Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Wednesday's Words (3)

cajole\kuh-JOHL\ , transitive verb;

1.To persuade with flattery, repeated appeals, or soothing words; to coax

Cajole derives from Early Modern French cajoler, originally, "to chatter like a bird in a cage, to sing; hence, to amuse with idle talk, to flatter," from Old French gaiole, jaiole, "a cage," from Medieval Latin caveola, "a small cage," from Latin cavea, "an enclosure, a den for animals, a bird cage," from cavus, "hollow." It is related to cave, cage and jail (British gaol).
One of Virgil's great accomplishments was his ability to charm, cajole, weasel people out of their bad moods, especially when their bads moods inconvenienced him.

-- Anthony Tommasini, Virgil Thomson: Composer on the Aisle



fredamans said...

I've heard of cajole.

I have no list this week. The books were user-friendly this week! ;-)

Happy holidays, and Happy New Year!