Juicy Word: Putative


I couldn’t find a Speedo. This getup should be easy enough to give him away.

PUTATIVE is today’s juicy word. It sounds kind of crisp, like a potato chip, don’t you think? Maybe I’m just hungry. Anyway, it’s a noun meaning alleged, supposed or commonly accepted; assumed to exist or to have existed. The putative existence of a sugar-daddy was the explanation given by detractors when asked how the young woman could afford the rent on a $3,000 a month apartment. The putative bank robber was nabbed shortly thereafter, when police following a tip, found the man running away dressed only in a Speedo. Fortunately for the fraudulent dentist, no one questioned him about his putative degree until his patients began complaining to the Board of Dentistry that he couldn’t even fill a tooth correctly.


About Patricia Concodora

Pat Concodora, author and editor is an active member of James River Writers, Richmond, Va., Sisters in Crime, and Lethal Ladies Write. She offers research, editing, writing, and ghost writing services to writers in need of help with their manuscripts, as well as businesses needing articles and editorial services. She publishes her mysteries as P.J. Woods.

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