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May 18, 2024

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Insult, Result, Exult, Consult
Resilient, Salient, Saltatorial
And Desultory

The following words: INSULT, RESULT, EXULT, CONSULT, RESILIENT, SALIENT, SALTATORIAL, & DESULTORY all come from the Latin word meaning TO JUMP – SALIRE.

INSULT – means – TO JUMP UPON, TO STOMP
RESULT – means – TO JUMP BACK
EXULT – means – TO JUMP OUT OF (your body)
CONSULT – means – TO JUMP TOGETHER
RESILIENT – means – TO JUMP OR SPRING BACK
SALIENT – means – TO JUMP UP AND HIT YOU IN THE EYE, OBVIOUS
SALTATORIAL – means – JUMPING as in DANCING
DESULTORY – means – JUMPING FROM ONE THING TO ANOTHER, TO BE ERRATIC, TO SHIFT.

In ancient Roman times funeral directors hired not only professional mourners but also acrobats who would dance and tumble at the head of the procession. These men were called the – SALII. If the dead person was an important Roman the number of professional mourners and salii increased. If you watched many funeral processions you would be able to compare the dead man’s importance.

Horseback riders and jumpers were quite skillful and performed in the circus and Colosseum shows. A certain skillful jumper would stand up on the galloping horse and leap onto the back of the horse running alongside. Sometimes there would be two men on horseback jumping back and forth from the two horses running alongside each other. These were called the DESULTORES – those who jumped from one thing to the other. Therefore, if one does not stay on a steady path but jumps from one thing to another in an erratic way – it is – DESULTORY.

If a word is highlighted or made to stand out, it jumps out of the page and gets your attention. It is – SALIENT. Just imagine a basketball star, like KERRY KITTLES, standing in the midst of a band of pygmies, you would say that he is obvious or salient in that respect.