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Word of the Week: Fecund

It’s a perfect springtime word.

It’s also an awful-sounding one that — at least for me — tends to conjure the opposite of its meaning. Does it really sound complimentary to tell someone they have a fecund imagination?

I say leave this one for Walt Whitman and The New York Times.

Main Entry: fe·cund
Pronunciation: \ˈfe-kənd, ˈfē-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin fecundus — more at feminine
Date: 15th century

1 : fruitful in offspring or vegetation : prolific
2 : intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree <a fecund imagination>
synonyms see fertile

— fe·cun·di·ty \fi-ˈkən-də-tē, fe-\ noun

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