I love it when I am reading a book and there are lots of words that I do not know. As I am reading, I look up the definitions of those words. It’s an indication to me that I am reading a book by a smart author who I can learn from. I’m currently reading The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right by Max Boot. It’s a very good book, but very disturbing in terms of our current political situation in the U.S.  There is much to comment on in terms of the content of this book, but instead now I’m going to share the words I looked up this weekend as I was reading it.  A good number of the words I have seen before, but if I am not confident of what the word means I look it up.  Here they are:

Vocabulary Ninja

disquisition – (noun) a long or elaborate essay or discussion on a particular subject

acerbic – (adjective) (especially of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright

fete – (verb) honor or entertain (someone) lavishly

vituperate – (verb) blame or insult (someone) in strong or violent language

tyro – (noun) a beginner or novice

aspersion – (noun) an attack on the reputation or integrity of someone or something

calumny – (noun) the making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone’s reputation; slander

chortle – (verb) laugh in a breathy, gleeful way; chuckle

apoplectic – (adjective) overcome with anger; extremely indignant

tocsin – (noun) an alarm bell or signal

histrionic – (adjective) overly theatrical or melodramatic in character or style

cant – (noun) hypocritical and sanctimonious talk, typically of a moral, religious, or political nature

screed – (noun) a long speech or piece of writing, typically one regarded as tedious

cognoscenti – (noun) people who are considered to be especially well informed about a particular subject

bunkum – (noun) nonsense

frisson – (noun) a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill

insouciance – (noun) casual lack of concern; indifference

oleaginous – (adjective) exaggeratedly and distastefully complimentary; obsequious

trope – (noun) a figurative or metaphorical use of a word or expression

conflate – (verb) combine (two or more texts, ideas, etc.) into one

supine – (adjective) failing to act or protest as a result of moral weakness or indolence

autarky – (noun) economic independence or self-sufficiency


By the way, studies have shown that people with bigger vocabularies are more successful in life.  Here’s a link to a short article that explains this:  Vocabulary.

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