taskboy3000 (taskboy3000) wrote,

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Several words to live by

The New York Times has compiled a list of the 50 most looked-up words used in their publication by readers. Some of these words, I think you need to know, so I've included brief definitions. These words aren't so off the beaten track as to be ignored. These can really add punch to your blog/tweet/memo/graffiti.

I've added an asterisk next to the words I particularly enjoy.

And yes, I had to verify the definitions on several of them.

  • apoplectic: excitable (prone to fainting via pressure in the brain)
  • * atavistic: a throwback to a previous epoch
  • canard: a hoax
  • comity: mutual civility
  • * cynosure: something that strongly attracts attention or provides guidance
  • desultory: rambling, leaping about
  • inchoate: a process that is just beginning
  • laconic: pithy, using an ecomony of words
  • * obduracy: stubborn inflexibility
  • obstreperous: noisily and stubbornly defiant
  • * opprobrium: infamy or public disgrace
  • peripatetic: traveling by foot (also an Aristotelian)
  • * putative: suspected, but not proven to be
  • * redoubtable: dreaded or awe-inspiring
  • sanguine: optimistic (having a healthy blush to your cheeks)
  • solipsistic: the belief the all of reality is simply your imagination
  • * soporific: sleep-inducing
  • verisimilitude: having the appearance of truth

Overhaul appeared on the original list, which really surprised me. Do people really not know that word? Weird.

Tags: grammar
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