Word Archaeology: cavil

This word, first used about 1542 A.D., means to raise a trivial and frivolous objection. It comes from the Latin verb “cavillari” (to jest), but does not share its origin with the word “cavalier”. That word is derived from Middle French to Late Latin “caballarius” (horseman).

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Lead storyteller. Game designer and journalist. Recovering Floridian.

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