One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘When she read out the title of a book in her orgulous Scottish husk: ‘Why The Whales Came’, I listened and could picture both voiceless labio-velar fricatives blossom perfectly.’
- ‘From Isles of Greece / The princes orgulous, their high blood chafed, / Have. .. sent their ships. .. / To ransack Troy.’
- ‘Antoine usually worked with the boutique's most elite clientele and so tended to adopt an orgulous air toward more "ordinary" customers.’
- ‘At that time there was a knight, the which was the king's son of Ireland, and his name was Lanceor, the which was an orgulous knight.’
- ‘Looking around her, she realized she was in the company of the fiercely orgulous.’
Middle English: from Old French orguillus, from orguill ‘pride’. The word was rare from the 16th century until used by Robert Southey and Sir Walter Scott as a historical archaism and affected by 19th-century journalists.
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