Lost Word Of The Day (21)

There is a lot to be said for having a placid, easy-going nature. It makes life so much easier. Up until well into the 19th century someone who was easy to appease might have been described as being mulcible. It was derived from the Latin verb mulcere meaning to soothe by way of the adjective mulcibilis.

An example of its usage comes from Memoirs of Robert Easton, Comedian 1774 – 1810 by George Raymond (1844). “But now, partly through the ineffable quality of rich comedy. Which was so much the constitution of Elliston, and partly from Miss Warren’s mulcible nature, which, to do her justice, was unrivalled, and all of this aided by the pacific disposition of the clerk of the “long-room”, peace was restored”.

Good for Miss Warren!


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