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 116. Take the Bull by the Horns

Julie had always felt that she was missing out on a lot of fun because of her clumsiness on the dance floor. She had been putting off taking lessons, but she finally took the bull by the horns and went to a professional dance studio for help. She was tired of feeling left out and acted decisively to correct the situation.

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Puerile describes someone or something that is youthful, juvenile, or childish.  Quite often this adjective has a negative connotation describing something or someone as childishly foolish, immature, or silly.  Example: "Tired of Jake's puerile pranks, Greg decided it was time to move out."


Puerile entered English in the 1650s from the Latin puerilis. This was a conjunction of puer (boy or child) and ilis (ile).

Near synonyms include: childish, sophomoric, infantile, and naive.


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