Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Word of the Day for Wednesday August 3, 2005

affable \AF-uh-buhl\, adjective:
1. Easy to speak to; receiving others kindly and conversing
with them in a free and friendly manner.
2. Gracious; benign.

Nonetheless, in view of the fact that Leon stated in the
warrant that I was good-looking, cheerful and affable, they
exhorted me to make myself appear to be taciturn,
melancholy and ugly.
--Susana Rotker (Editor), [1]The Memoirs of Fray Servando
Teresa De Mier

Johnny's father, while strict with his children, usually
was affable and relaxed.
--Paul C. Nagel, [2]John Quincy Adams

There was even more joking than usual Saturday afternoon;
he seemed to be in a particularly affable mood.
--"Presley Treats Fans to His Best," [3]New York Times,
July 21, 1975

Affable is from Latin affabilis, from affari, "to speak to,"
from ad-, "to" + fari, "to speak."

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