Today’s word of the day comes from The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe.

In the Preface of the novel, Arthur Gordon Pym describes how he was convinced to publish his stories of travel even though he doubted anyone would believe them to be true.

“He strongly advised me, among others, to prepare at once a full account of what i had seen and undergone, and trust to the shrewdness and common sense of the public- insisting, with great plausibility, that however roughly, as regards mere authorship, my book should be got up, its very uncouthness, if there were any, would give it all the better chance of being received as truth.”

Uncouth, adj.                                                                                       Of facts or matters of knowlegde: Unknown; also, not certainly known, uncertain.

(Definition taken from the OED)

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