• Michael Sherer

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.

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