Nugatory

Nugatory: I have found my new favorite word, today’s Dictionary.com Word of the Day: Nugatory. It’s from the Latin word, nugatorus (to trifle):

nugatory NOO-guh-tor-ee; NYOO-, adjective:
1. Trifling; insignificant; inconsequential.
2. Having no force; inoperative; ineffectual.

I
can think of so many ways to use it. Heck, it almost sounds like slang
– You’re so nugatory! What a nug! I feel so nugatory today. Man, what a nugatory first round draft pick!

Where has this word been all my life?

Best of all, I think it will make a great Technorati tag for posts like this one.

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  • brittney

    I just found me a new word.
    THANKS!

  • Cameron Watters

    I wonder if this word had any influence on the trucker slang word “negatory” as defined here (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=negatory&defid=668398).

    Some odd conflation of the word negative and nugatory maybe?

  • Susan Kitchens

    I first learned the word some time back; the guy I was dating used to say “eschew nugatory prose.” To this day I cannot hear (or read) nugatory without thinking of that phrase.