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Words and all that

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

From an article about some sneering left-wing writers at PEN, which, among other thngs, gives out a yearly award for journalistic courage, boycotting the awards ceremony for the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists killed last year for daring to satirize militant Islam, because, you know, they were using the right to free expression, for (gasp!) hate speech:

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

synecdoche (si-NEK-duh-kee). n.  -- a figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole or the whole for a part, the special for the general or the general for the special. "Nice set of wheels" to mean "nice car" is an example of synecdoche, as is "you ain't no Einstein" to impugn someone's intelligence.

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

obloquy (OB-luh-kwee), n. -- discredit, abuse or bad repute resulting from public blame, abuse or denunciation, as in: "Indiana has been showered with obloquy this week by sneering liberal elites."

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while wandering through the blogosphere.

prepossession (pree-puh-zesh-uh-n), n. -- a prejudice or bias, especially in favor of a person or thing, as in: "When I encounter someone with a liberal prepossession, I listen to his arguments a little more suspiciously."

Yes, your imminents

Oh, Dear God in Heaven, please save us!

Researchers Predice 'Imminent Collapse' Of Universe After Period Of Rapid Expansion

Oh, wait.

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while meandering through the blogosphere:

gobsmacked (GOB-smakt), adj. -- Brithish slang (though used here, too) for utterly astounded, astonished, flabbergasted, as in: "I was gobsmacked that TeD Cruz could talk so eloquently for more than a half hour without using a teleprompter."

Not a people person

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while meandering through the blogosphere:

epistemic (ep-uh-STEE-mik, STEM-ik), adj. -- of or relating to knowledge or the conditions for acquiring it, as in: "Poor reasoning can result in epistemic distorions, leading to a wrong conclusion and a poor decision" or "I can't swear that my reliance on search engines instead of encyclopedias has improved my epistemic habits."

Word power

Interesting words I encountered while meandering through the blogosphere:

razzia (RAZ-ee-uh), n. -- a plundering raid, as in "The United States is being overwhelmed by a razzia of uncontrolled immigration."

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