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SBTT Word Of The Week - May.18.09Views: 688
May 18, 2009 11:20 pmSBTT Word Of The Week - May.18.09#

Tim Southernwood
Hi Folks,
Long weekend here, just getting around to this weeks word:


Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily excited.

IN BRIEF: Not easily excited.
"He has a very stolid character and never gets excited, no matter what happens."

apathetic, detached, impassive, incurious, indifferent, insensible, lethargic, listless, phlegmatic, unconcerned, uninterested, unresponsive.

aware, emotional, imaginative, intelligent, interested


1563 (implied in stolidity), from M.Fr. stolide (16c.), from L. stolidus "insensible, dull, brutish," prop. "unmovable," related to stultus "foolish," from PIE base *stel- "to cause to stand, to place," from base *sta-

Where Stolid has been used

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

Tim Southernwood
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