in American Senator

Chapter 10 – Goarly’s Revenge


The body of the poisoned fox has just been discovered and many of the men start to crowd around it.  One of them states, “There ain’t nothin’ too bad.”  Trollope then switches registers and discusses the situation using Latinate words:  “punishment,” “due,” “perpetrator,” and “nefarious.”  The Latinate pile-up reaches its climax with “vulpecide,” a word that combines the Latin words vulpes, “fox,” and caedo, “kill.”  The use of these Latinate terms humorously conveys the seriousness with which the fox-hunters view the situation.  [KS & RR 2012]


prudent foresight

A hyperbolic pairing of words, as “prudent” and “foresight” have almost the same meaning etymologically speaking.  “Foresight” is a native English word, while “prudent” has its roots in Latin.  “Prudent” comes from come from providens and itself means “fore-seeing.”  [KS & RR 2012]