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Word Builder December 2017

For some time I have been collecting interesting and unique words and phrases. Words that are new or seldom used that I run across in media or my research.  Dawned on me others might be interested too. As I find them,  I am posting them on my Twitter feed @ClaireCount.  I will do a monthly post to summarize the list.

Excoriate – verb – to severely criticize  –

The ABC boss excoriated his staff after the snafu over Michael Flynn error.  This really jumped out as American headlines almost never use rich language.  http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/04/media/abc-news-president-brian-ross-flynn-correction/index.html


Ruth Wilson as Alice Morgan in BBC’s Luther

Sympatico – noun – bonded, being of the same mind, in sync

I had heard the word before but was surprised it was a real world and not just jargon.  On the same day, I heard it from a sociopath on BBC’s marvelous crime drama Luther, which I highly recommend. Intense acting by Idris Elba.  http://www.bbcamerica.com/shows/luther

“Simpatico” was used on Mike Luckovich’s political cartoon on 12/6/2017 for the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, which at some point will appear on gocomics.  http://www.gocomics.com/comics/political  I admire Mike Luckovich; He is a Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonists and often illustrates events in a way which makes you think about them differently.

Agitprop – Noun – political propaganda often in art or literature

Seen in the outstanding webcomic #Endtown by Aaron Neathery about a supremacist faction  http://www.gocomics.com/endtown/2017/10/27


Jugaad –  noun – from India- a hack or finagled solution – An untranslatable word for winging it

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20171213-jugaad-an-untranslatable-word-for-winging-it?ocid=ww.social.link.twitter via @BBC_Culture #amwriting #writerslife #vocabulary

Patrimony – noun – derived from Latin word pater- father –  originally meant inheritance from father now means heritage in general. A word you hear but did not quite mean what I thought it did.  or according to Oxford Dictionary  2) historical meaning – The estate or property belonging by ancient endowment or right to a church or other institution.

http://www.cnn.com/style/article/raphael-paintings-vatican/index.html #vocabulary #writerslife

A detail of the discovered paintings.
A detail of the discovered paintings – Raphael’s last works. Credit: CNN


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