fals-, fall-

(Latin: deception, untrue, incorrect; deceiving; contrary to truth and fact; lie)

Fortuna, quum blanditur, fallit. (Latin motto)
Translation: "When fate smiles, it deceives."

Another translation is, "When Fortune comes fawning, it is to ensnare."

Motto of Konrad I of Franconia (911-918) who was the first German King elected by the powerful east Franconian tribes.

infallibility (s) (noun), infallibilities (pl)
1. The quality of never making an error or a mistake: The presumption of infallibility by the supervisor, Mr. Williams, resulted in severe criticism by his workers.
2. Being certain that something will function as it should: Successfully piloting an airplane depends on the infallibility of the engine and the service personnel.
infallible (adjective), more infallible, most infallible
1. Relating to something that works as it should or that has the results that are expected: The infallible engine in the old automobile started regularly just like any modern car.
2. A reference to not making mistakes when making decisions: Shanna's infallible judgment failed her only once when she bought a car from a charming but unscrupulous dealer.
3. In religion, incapable of being mistaken in matters of doctrine and dogma: Mr. Smith, the spiritual leader of the local church, is considered to have an infallible understanding of religious doctrines.
Being sure that an action will work as intended.
© ALL rights are reserved.

Go to this Word A Day Revisited Index
so you can see more of Mickey Bach's cartoons.

pathetic fallacy (s) (noun), pathetic fallacies (pl)
The attribution of human feelings or qualities to inanimate nature, often thought of as a device producing false emotionalism: Susan, the patient, was observed talking to the rocks in the garden, making pathetic fallacies, such as asking if the rocks were enjoying the sunshine.
Quotes: Faults, Mistakes
What lawyers get paid for and what doctors bury: mistake quotes.
retrospective falsification (s) (noun), retrospective falsifications (pl)
An unconscious distortion of memories of past experiences so as to conform to some current emotional needs: Under stress, Susan's mother experienced retrospective falsification and appeared not to remember events as they actually had happened.
selenofault (s) (noun), selenofaults (pl)
Cracks on or below the lunar surface: The moon mobile was able to detect several selenofaults.
unfailing (adjective), more unfailing, most unfailing
1. Characterized by always being able to supply more; inexhaustible: Marge and Max found an unfailing source of good books at the local book shop.
2. Relating to being constant and not giving up; untiring: The employees maintained an unfailing loyalty to the project.
3. Not giving in; not short of an expectation; completely dependable: Shirley considered Marge, her co-worker, to be an unfailing friend.
unfallacious (adjective), more unfallacious, most unfallacious
1. Concerning something not having any fundamental errors in reasoning: The lawyer’s unfallacious summation of the case was considered to be a brilliant presentation during the trial.
2. Descriptive of someone who is not deceptive, or who does not have a misleading manner: Aidan's unfallacious mannerisms were always welcome and appreciated by his fellow workers.