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  • It wasn't long before Ben became a little more cauteous and said he merely wanted to raise revenues, EBITDA, EPS and dividends on an annual basis.

    unknown title 2008


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  • How did cauteous get into Wordnik. I am the third to look it up, so it must have started somewhere.

    June 13, 2014

  • I hope erinmckean or some other knowledgeable person will correct me if I am wrong. This sort of thing had me baffled for a while but I have devised an explanation that may be completely bogus but that serves to put my mind at ease.
    Every time you search for a word in Wordnik it pops you to a page with that word as its title – even if the word does not exist. If it is a nonexistent word (or a fine word like “anthropophage” that none of Wordnik’s source dictionaries define) you will just see a bunch of “sorry” messages. You can start to give it substance if you like by adding a comment. A lot of the material you see discussed in the Community area is for word entries that are documented by comments only.

    When someone looks up a word in error (if it is misspelled, for example) it may still appear in the Recently Looked-Up words sidebar. Some curious visitor sees an unfamiliar word and clicks on the link and presto – a second look up instance is tallied. If you leave and return to the page again to confirm your confusion you ring up another look up.

    The reason that there is an example sentence for “cauteous” is that the software searching the archives came across a misspelling of “cautious.” Perhaps you were looking for cautelous. There is an entry for that.

    June 13, 2014