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
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