Word of the Day – 13 November 2017: Pontificate.


Welcome to a regular feature on my blog – WOTD. Each day a new word will be suggested as the word of the day, which could either be an already existing (but rarely used) word or may be a completely made-up one. There will be a short definition and, ideally, an example of how the word would be used in everyday conversation.

I encourage anyone to provide their own words, either in the comments below or by linking their posted word to this blog. Don’t forget the definition or maybe when it should be used.

So, today’s word is: Pontificate. (Adjective).

Pronounced: Pon-tiff-ick-ate.

Typically to talk pompously or dogmatically; talking with high authority (justifiably or, as is becoming increasingly common, not so justifiably!); talk as one who knows and is sure of everything they say, especially when this may not be quite so accurate in reality. 😉

Can also be used as a noun where it has the meaning of the office, or period of held office, of the Pope, or a bishop (ie. of a Pontiff).

From the latin pontis, meaning a bridge, and facere, to make or to do. Literally a bridge builder, one who builds bridges (between things: In the case of a Pontiff – between heavenly and earthly things).
Eg: Bob could be inclined to pontificate on some issues which invariably was not well received by his audience. Eventually he was able to recognise the little known fact that silence can often say things so much more eloquently than words ever could.



    • Pontificating can work – but usually only on the already ‘converted’… hardly ever on those who hold a differing opinion on any given topic, and especially not on those who can recognise a good(?) pontification when they see/hear one 😉


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