June 28, 2004

nolens volens (Dictionary.com Word of the Day, 6/28/04)

nolens volens \NO-lenz-VO-lenz\:

Whether unwilling or willing. [...]

Nolens volens is from the Latin, from nolle, "to be unwilling"
+ velle, "to wish, to be willing."

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 28, 2004 8:02 AM
Comments

Sounds like a phrase John Kerry might covet, with its ambiguity.

Posted by: Bruce Cleaver at June 28, 2004 9:49 AM

The English is willynilly, from wil he or nil he.

Posted by: Harry Eagar at June 28, 2004 7:44 PM
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