Word of the Day: Obdurate


Adjective: Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action.

Sandy stood on the back porch and looked toward the garage. She could hear the clanking of tools and the occasional swearing from her husband who had been working since mid-morning to replace to the water pump on their ’86 Ford Ranger. I’m pretty sure it would have been so much easier to find a new motor on Zemotor than messing around repairing their Ranger all the time.

She heaved a weary sigh and started walking in that direction.

“Honey, dinner’s just about ready. Why don’t you wash up and come to eat? You didn’t have any lunch, so I know you’ve gotta be hungry,” Sandy said to her husband’s back. He was hunched over the front grill reaching for a different wrench from the box sitting on top of the engine.

He turned to look at her over his shoulder and wiped the sweat off his forehead with a greasy hand. “I’m not comin’ in ’til I get this thing fixed. I told you that earlier.” It wasn’t quite a snarl, but it was close.

“Baby, you’ve been at it all day. Why don’t you just call Tom and ask him to come over to help you? He said he’d be happy to come if you needed any help.” There was a slight pleading tone in her voice as she broached this delicate subject.

“Stop it! Just stop it! I don’t need any help! I… I just don’t have the right tools! But I’ve got it on and I think I can get it tightened up enough with what I’ve got. I don’t need Tom. Just… give me a bit longer… please!” The “please” really just meant “go away and leave me alone” but he was trying to be polite.

Sandy put her hands on her hips and said: “Bruce Van Horn, you are the most obdurate man I have ever met!” She turned to head back toward the house.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah! You can call me all the big college names you like, but I’m still not comin’ in ’til I get his done!” Bruce yelled back. “Obdurate? I’ll show her obdurate,” he muttered under his breath and turned back to the truck.

Bruce’s Word of the Day is just my way of having a little fun with vocabulary and language. I’d love to read your comments on today’s word, so don’t be shy. If you’d like to suggest a word, you may also let me know in the comments.

2 Responses to Word of the Day: Obdurate

  1. Steve K June 25, 2012 at 8:16 PM #

    I can hardly wait for the next one! Tomorrow’s word is PROPINQUITY.

  2. Bruce Van Horn June 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM #

    Steve, if you were a complete (I’d never say “perfect”) stranger, I’d be tempted to ignore your request. But I know how obdurate you can be. Given our propinquity, I’ll consider the suggestion. Stay tuned!

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