Words of the Week Challenge:
Okay, word fans, your challenge this week is to tell me which of these words did not come from the weekend edition of WSJ. Your prize: a sense of pride and my everlasting admiration.
peroration, n., the conclusion of a speech, intended to inspire or enthuse
sobriquet, n., a person’s nickname
pernicious, adj., having a harmful effect in a subtle, continuous way
subterfuge, n., deceit used to accomplish one’s goal
ephemera, n., things that are used or enjoyed only briefly
finicky, adj., fussy about one’s needs or wants
hagiographic, adj., biographical writing that idealizes its subject.