Addicted to delaying; prone to delay. ... Adapted from Latin cunctationem, the noun of action from cunctari, to delay.--Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1893
Feast Eve of St. Bede (c. 673-735),
whose Ecclesiastical History of the English People (731) traced events in Britain from the time of Julius Ceasar to St. Augustine's arrival in Kent, in 597. This exceptionally learned Anglo-Saxon monk studied Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, medicine, astronomy, and prosody. He also wrote hymns, works on grammar, and enduring chronologies of Church history. Yet despite his prodigious schlarship and deep devotion to his spiritual mission, the Vatican failed to name Bede a saint until 1899. The Church has often affixed the honorific "Venerable" to the names of those undergoing the long process of canonization. However, because it was attached to his name for an extraordinary twelve centuries of such limbo, he is known as Venerable Bede even today.