arbitrary word of the day 8-5-14

August 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

  • phlegmatic /flegˈmatik/ – (of a person) having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition.

People who are phlegmatic are a  little dull in expressing feelings or showing emotion. It may be their training more than their natural behavior, but those palace guards who wear the red coats and big hats and show absolutely no expression on their faces are phlegmatic. Attempts to make them laugh, smile, or twist their faces in irritation won’t work, because being phlegmatic is important to their role as stone-faced keepers of the palace. Phlegmatic people show less emotion on the outside — but who knows, they may be jumping up and down on the inside

My example sentence: Gareth osberved his taciturn classmate curiously, who sat in the back of the class, and when he initiated a joke with him, the boy remained phlegmatic.

synonyms: composed, imperturbable, impassive, deadpan, placid

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