One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Inconvenience (someone)‘they are incommoded by the traffic’
inconvenience, cause inconvenience to, bother, impose on, create difficulties for, disturb, put out, disobligeView synonyms
- ‘A meeting at the Star and Garter in 1774 drew up new rules, with 22-yard pitches, 4-ball overs, stumping, and no-balling: ‘the wicket-keeper should not by any noise incommode the striker.’’
- ‘Here it is shewn that ordinary paper would not be damaged by what the Defendants are doing, but only a particular kind of paper, and it is not shewn that there is heat such as to incommode the workpeople on the Plaintiff's premises.’
- ‘On one occasion Spears amused himself by prolonging a telephone conversation in order to incommode Weygand who was bursting to use the lavatory.’
- ‘The latter was the sector most incommoded by Russianization, for the kinds of jobs it fancied required good command of the Russian language (and sometimes, officially or unofficially, Russian birth).’
- ‘Whether sleeping rough in the remotest places or enjoying the fauniferous hospitality of the locals in inhabited ones, being incommoded was somehow integral to the experience.’
Late 16th century: from French incommoder or Latin incommodare, from in- ‘not’ + commodus ‘convenient’.
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