Word of the Day : December 9, 2021
What It Means
Rankle means “to cause anger, irritation, or bitterness.”
// Rae Ann’s snooty attitude and rude behavior rankled the host, but he smiled to hide his irritation.
“Just one caveat: big swaths of this book are fiction, which may rankle readers who are eager to sink their teeth into a good nonfiction book.” — Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, 24 Sept. 2021
Did You Know?
When rankle was first used in English, it meant “to fester,” and that meaning is related to French words referring to a sore and tracing to Latin dracunculus. The Latin is from draco, the word for a serpent and the source of English’s dragon. The transition from serpents to sores is apparently from people associating the appearance of certain ulcers or tumors to small serpents.