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  • Useful or profitable.

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Example Sentences

“The gas station attendant gave us proficuous directions and helped us avoid the tolls.”

“Let me show you this proficuous trick for pouring sauces without a mess.”

“Buying the stock at a low price last year turned out to be a proficuous investment.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-17th century

Why this word?

“Proficuous” is based on the Latin “proficuus,” meaning “beneficial,” but the modern usage of the word can mean “useful” or “profitable” — sometimes these elements are not one and the same. Social media has become a repository for proficuous information as users share life hacks, such as “how to fold a fitted sheet” or “8 ways to use lemons for cleaning.” These tidbits of advice used to be shared from person to person or in practical magazines such as “Good Housekeeping” and “Popular Mechanics.” It was commonplace to cut out a clipping of a good recipe or a useful home gardening tip and share it with a neighbor, but now social media has turned the practice viral. When these tips go viral, they can become monetarily proficuous for the creator.

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