W is for Words…

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Interesting words encountered in recent reading:

palimpsest: a manuscript or piece of writing material on which the original writing has been effaced to make room for later writing but of which traces remain.

foment:instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action).

recrudesce: break out again; recur

phatic: denoting or relating to language used for general purposes of social interaction, rather than to convey information or ask questions. Utterances such as hello, how are you? and nice morning, isn’t it? are phatic.

invidious: likely to arouse or incur resent or anger in others.

logorrhea: a tendency to extreme loquacity.

sub specie aeternitatis: viewed in relation to the eternal; in a universal perspective


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