Search
  • Michael Sherer

Words of the Week:


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.

antithetical, adj., directly opposed, mutually incompatible.

imprimatur, n., license from the Catholic Church to print a religious book; a personal guarantee.

humblebrag, n., a modest or self-deprecating statement actually meant to draw attention to something of which one is proud.

mucilage, n., a viscous secretion or bodily fluid; adhesive or glue.

bottomry, n., system of merchant insurance in which a ship is used as collateral for a loan to finance a voyage.

abjure, v., solemnly renounce.

encomium, n., a speech in which someone or something is highly praised.

elegiac, adj., relating to the characteristic of an elegy, wistfully mournful.

fug, n., overly warm, smoky or stuffy atmosphere in a room.

pejorative, n., a word expressing contempt, disdain or disapproval.

surfeit, n., excessive amount.

nonsequitur, n., a conclusion that doesn’t logically follow from a previous statement or conclusion; oxymoron.


3 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

Changing Legacy Publishing

Josh Stallings wrote a great blog post on Criminal Minds suggesting authors shouldn’t write for free. Here’s my response: Josh, great post, but let’s get back to the question at hand: “how could the m

The Fifth of July

Ah, blessed silence. The day after our celebration of the founding of this country through the signatures affixed to our Declaration of Independence, at an hour in which the world outside the window w

Words of the Week:

Are we having fun yet? condescending, n., of or like Trump exiting Air Force One. testiculate, v., gesturing forcefully while slinging bullshit. mendacity, n., place where Build-A-Bears go when they’v