Thursday, April 15, 2010

English language word of the week: Surreptitious

Main Entry: sur·rep·ti·tious
Pronunciation: \ˌsər-əp-ˈti-shəs, ˌsə-rəp-, sə-ˌrep-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin surrepticius, from surreptus, past participle of surripere to snatch secretly, from sub- + rapere to seize — more at rapid
Date: 15th century
1 : done, made, or acquired by stealth : clandestine
2 : acting or doing something clandestinely : stealthy
synonyms see secret
— sur·rep·ti·tious·ly adverb

The super-model has a plan to steal the "it-boy" from his girlfriend; she is clever and will proceed surreptitiously.

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