No Matter How You Say It: Dependability

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In Other Languages

Spanish – confianza

French – fiabilité

German – Zuverlässigkeit

Italian – affidabilità

Swedish – pålitlighet

Welsh – dibyniaeth

Polish – rzetelność


Word Origin

De- is the Latin prefix meaning “down” or “from” combined with the word pendere (“to hang”)

Can you see how Dependability is something reliable enough “to hang from.”

Sign Language



Can you see the hanging reference from the Latin in the Depend Sign and Unreliable as the opposite?

Dependability Idioms

As if one’s life depended on it

Old Faithful

Good as your word

Tried and tested

On the dot

Salt of the earth

Old Reliable

Depend on the kindness of strangers

Rock solid

True Blue