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Word for the Wise November 09, 2006 Broadcast Topic: Integrity

Recently we were passed along a lament from a fellow soon to be sworn in as a police officer. He had written the staple of the philosophical police officer抯 diet is the word 慽ntegrity?/em> and then continued his investigation. I find it curious that such a pivotal word has only one part of speech, he observed, plaintively asking how am I to deftly insert this word into a conversation when all I have to work with is a lousy noun? Don抰 get me wrong: I like nouns, he protested, but nothing says vocabulary quite like a good adjective or verb. (来源:专业英语学习网站 http://www.EnglishCN.com)

We confess to being amused by his plight and we wish our police officer well. Nonetheless, we have neither verbs nor adjectives to offer for assistance. Why? It seems that English speakers simply do not feel a need for an integrity adjective, or we would have coined one that has lasted.

For the record, our lexicon does contain some now rare or obsolete integrity adjectives: integre; integrious; integritive; and integrous. But those haven抰 taken hold the way integrity has. For ways to describe incorruptibility; soundness; completeness; and trustworthiness and incorruptibility to a degree that one is incapable of being false to a trust, responsibility, or pledge, we recommend sticking to the phrasing with integrity.

 
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