Word of the Week Wednesday: histrionics


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: histrionics.

Histrionics are speech or actions portraying exaggerated and often insincere emotion.

It comes from the Latin word histrio meaning actor.

Surprisingly, it is unrelated to the word hysterical (although somewhat similar in meaning).  That comes from Greek word hystera meaning womb from the old belief that it was a condition specific to women that was caused by  a dysfunction of the uterus.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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