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May 5, 2019

Thank you, WSJ. Reader, you may find some themes here, suggesting the sorts of essays in which these words appeared.

shindig, n.,  a large, lively party or celebration.

kjamboree, n., a celebration or boisterous party; a rally, convention or conference.

surfeit, n., an ex...

April 30, 2019

Bonus words this week since I haven't posted in a couple of weeks.

redact, v., edit for publication.

impinge, v., have an effect or impact, especially negative; encroach.

fricative, n., a consonant with a sound made through a narrow opening, producing a turbulent air flow...

April 16, 2019

Short list this week, but all wonderful, thanks to WSJ.

sagacity, n., wisdom, good judgment.

credulous, adj., a readiness to believe things, impressionable, gullible.

idiolect, n., speech habits particular to a specific person.

malaproprism, n., mistaken use of one word fo...

April 13, 2019

Yeah, yeah, I didn’t get to it, so here they are, almost a week late.

cremains, n., a person’s cremated remains.

otoconia, n., tiny crystals that interact with sensory hairs in the utricle and saccule of the inner ear, enabling a person to sense linear acceleration and g...

March 28, 2019

These were all from the Saturday WSJ of a few weeks ago. Thematically, they represented some frightening reviews and essays.

autocrat, n., ruler with absolute power, dictator, despot, tyrant.

dystopian, adj., relating to an imagined state of great suffering ad injustice.

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February 25, 2019

The WSJ weekend edition’s veritable trove of words, plus two of my own: “surfeit,” to describe this week’s list; and “nonsequitur,” to describe the oxymoronic “humblebrag.”

opprobrium, n., harsh criticism or censure; public disgrace arising from shameful conduct.

antithe...

February 23, 2019

As always, thanks to the writers and editors at WSJ for their wonderful words.

inflection, n., a change in the form of a word to express a grammatical function; a modulation of intonation or pitch in a voice.

portentous, adj., ominous, fateful or momentous; done in a pom...

February 10, 2019

atone, v., makes amends or reparation

circumlocution, n., using more words than is necessary to say something, a roundabout way of speaking to be deliberately vague

complexifier, n., something that makes a situation or circumstance more complex

defenestrate, v., throw som...

February 4, 2019

despotic, adj., tyrannical; of or like a despot.

felicity, n., 1. extreme happiness; 2. the ability to express one’s thoughts appropriately.

articulable, adj., that which can be expressed or articulated.

febrile, adj., showing symptoms of or having a fever.

nihilistic, adj...

January 28, 2019

requite, v., make an appropriate response in kind for a favor, service, wrongdoing, etc.

meze, n., an appetizer.

sumptuary, adj., relating to laws that limit expenditures on food and personal items.

boon, n., a thing that is helpful or beneficial, e.g., a boon friend.

pith...

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