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Dec

Word of the Week: New Words for a New Year

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Good morning, WOW (Word of the Week) Lovers! Last week’s WOW was styptic. Merriam-Webster Online defines styptic as: tending to contract or bind, especially tending to check bleeding. Let me guess: styptic is not an oft-used word by vampires.

Since this is the last WOW post for 2013, I thought it would be fun to look at new words that may, some day, become a part of the Merriam-Webster dictionary. There are some words on this list that I already know, such as ginormous. But, a fair few I did not know, so I’ve selected 10 that I don’t know and I am giving a definition guess for each one (3 seemed excessive this time!). For some I actually tried to give a definition, but you are about to discover which ones are completely  beyond my level of comprehension:

gription: the traction that is gained via one’s grip

bougie: the French way to spell nose mucous

schwack: any German item considered “un-cool”

pretendica: any unsubstantiated item found in the Enclyclopedia Brittanica

simplicated: being implicated in a crime by a simpleton

jackwagon: the wagon Jack hauled up the hill to fetch a pail of water

perspectivize: to give an opinion based only on one’s own perspective

tertile: the best way to misspell turtle

techronym: an acronym applied to new technology

figmentary: a non-existent item

Point to PonderHow many did you already know? Show me up and tell me how many you know! Better yet, give the accurate definition for the ones you know.

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