I’m not necessarily
proposing that we revive a word that went out of vogue a few centuries ago, but
sometimes it’s fun to dip into our heritage. The Latin verb nuncupare spawned some interesting words
in English. It meant to name, designate, express, or declare.
Here are some of its
nuncupate: (1) To dedicate a work to someone. (2) To make a solemn promise.
(3) To name or designate. (4) To declare a will orally.
nuncupation: (1) The act of naming,
designating, or calling. (2) The oral expression of a vow. (3) The oral
declation of a will.
nuncupative: (1) Of a will declared orally. (2) Nominal or so-called. (3) Designative.
nuncupatory: (1) Of a will: oral. (2) Of an epistle: dedicatory.
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