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Word Woman’s Weekly Workout
Welcome to another interesting installment of Word Woman’s Weekly Work-Out! Here’s a pair of Words of the Week that look and sound quite similar, but are actually very different in meaning:
Truckle: [verb] (often used with “to”)
To act in a subservient manner: submit
“Truckle”, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truckle , 8/22/2014
4. Aggressively self-assertive : belligerent
“Truculent”, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truculent?show=0&t=1409193946 , 8/22/2014
Example: Dennis refused to truckle to his supervisor’s demand that he park in the staff lot. He demonstrated his truculent attitude by taking a nail gun to the tires of his boss’ Jaguar.
The key to the difference between these two words lies in their etymology. Truckle comes to us from the Old English word trucian (to fall, diminish) by way of Low German truggein (to flatter, fawn). Truculent descends from the Latin truculentus (fierce, savage) via the Latin root word trux (fierce, wild).