Muddled Word Monday – Stolid and Solid

Solid and stolid and two easily-confused words, but they are quite different. Solid we understand and use frequently. Stolid, on the other hand, is not used often, and means ‘not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive’, and it can refer to things like architecture (“Stolid and somber, these are buildings are made to be admired, not loved.”) or a person or people. It is here that the negative impression of the word comes in; when speaking of people, stolid often takes on these meanings: ‘impassive, blunt, bovine, dense, dry, dull, dumb, heavy, inert, lumpish, obtuse, stoic, and unemotional’. Not something I want people saying about me (although I may know one or two people who fit the description)! It first entered English in 1590–1600, and is from the Latin word stolidus meaning inert, dull, stupid.

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