The Closing Word: Desultory

The Closing Word: DesultoryThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (DESS-uhl-tor-ee)

marked by lack of definite plan or regularity or purpose; jumping from one thing to another

From “The adjective desultory comes from the word desultor, which was a circus rider who would leap from the back of one galloping horse onto another. From this literal sense of jumping from one thing to another, we get the modern meaning of desultory as jumping between things without a logical purpose.”

“A desultory approach to marketing seldom yields results, whereas working a strategic plan consistently can make an enormous difference.”

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