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[word-lover] 【整理】2015-06-21 How to Use a Word

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[Homework]2015-06-21 How to Use a Word

Today's word is ingenuous, spelled I-N-G-E-N-U-O-U-S.

Ingenuous is an adjective that means showing innocent or childlike simplicity and candidness. It could also mean lacking craft or subtlety. Here is the word used in a sentence by Michael Sommers in the New York Times.

Wearing his yellow tights and green tunic with pride, a gangling James Moye portrays Buddy as an endearing, mildly anxious man-child with an ingenuous personality and a wide smile.

Today, the words ingenuous and ingenious have distinct meanings and are not used interchangeably, but that wasn't always the case. For many years, the two words were used as synonyms. Ingenious has always had the fundamental meaning of clever, and ingenuous has been most often used to suggest frankness and openness, owing either to good character or, now more often, innocence, but there was a time when ingenious could also mean frank and ingenuous could mean clever. The 1755 publication in of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, in which these synonymous uses are not recognized, may have had something to do with establishing ingenious and ingenuous as distinct words. In any case, they appear to have ceased being used as synonyms by about 1800.

With your Word of the Day, I'm Peter Sokolowski.

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