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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 14th February 2020
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assiduity (noun) ass-id-YU-i-tee

Diligence, persistent application.

Flanders puts more emphasis on traffic control, for example, so it has installed automatic speed cameras with an assiduity that the more relaxed Walloons haven't matched.

James Graff, Time Magazine, 15 December 2006. Time

The documentary provides only fragments of Seinfeld's new material - perhaps so as not to preëmpt its use in future TV specials - but it easily illuminates his charisma: his assiduity, his even temper, his eagerness to please.

Virginia Heffernan, The New Yorker, 28 October 2002. The New Yorker

Aided by a team of editors, who polished his prose with the assiduity of ground crew, he evoked the bursts of cannon fire in claustrophobic dog fights, the drone of lonely bomber raids and the steady research methods of the great aircraft designers.

Unattributed, Telegraph, 30 September 2003. Telegraph

That Celia and her shocking tale can be recovered at all is testimony to Mr. McLaurin's skill and assiduity, to his ingenious use of court records, local histories, census data and contemporary newspapers.

Drew Faust, The New York Times, 17 November 1991, New York Times
reviewing Melton McLaurin's Celia: A Slave. Amazon

I've barely traipsed back from my weekly undignified half-naked sprint down the drive in pursuit of the dustmen, whose sole purpose in life is to arrive every week just as I'm getting in the bath, when my absent wife is on her mobile phone from Robin Hood's Bay gently wondering if the rabbit is still alive, which of course is really her way of asking whether I've been managing the affairs of our empty house with the required degree of assiduity or staying out late and getting drunk.

Phil Hogan, The Observer, 11 June 2000. The Observer

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