VCR 7 Presentation

Caroline Hausler

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word from Lesson 7.

The whole family was annoyed, so the mother yelled at her _________ daughter to get rid of her crabby mood because no one wanted to hear her gripe about her problems.
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The Word




complaining; irritable; peevish

Roots & Origin

quaero, quaerere, quaesivi, quaesitum <L. "to seek," "to search for"

  • first used in the 15th century

The Latin verb queri means to complain. The Latin word querulus, an adjective, means complaining, which evolved from queri. Querelose evolved from that Latin word and was used earlier in English. Querulous evolved from querelose.

Choose the letter of the sentence in which the word in bold-faced type is used incorrectly.

a. The querulous couple was never invited to parties because they always grumbled about each other and were not fun to be around.

b. His querulous attitude led him to have no friends, since no one wanted a friend that was ill-tempered and had nothing positive to say.

c. Amanda almost quit her job because she could not handle the querulousness from the first graders who were constantly jumping off the walls and wanting to do more activites.

d. After the constant querulousness over bedtime, the mom decided to let her children stay up late on the weekends like they wanted.

The Answer

The answer is C. This is the incorrect use because the children are described as cheerful and full of energy, not complaining about what they have to do.