Word Warriors' 2016 list - TOP 10

the Word Warriors' 2016 list of eminently useful words that should be brought back to enrich our language:

  • Absquatulate   
    • To discreetly leave a gathering or party without informing the host.
    • At the party, I made such a fool of myself that I felt it was best to absquatulate after a half hour.
  • Anathema
    • Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes.
    • Supporting such a vile, bigoted candidate was anathema to the young voter.
  • Delectation
    • Pleasure and delight.
    • I showed up with a box of chocolates for her delectation.
  • Epigone
    • A less distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher.
Even their most loyal fans knew The Monkees were a silly, manufactured epigone of The Beatles.
  • Puerile
    • Childishly silly and trivial.
    • When his old buddies came over, Jake transformed from a respected businessman into an overgrown child, giggling at puerile jokes.
  • Rumpus
    • A noisy, confused or disruptive commotion.
    • I entered the daycare, wondering how the teachers held onto their sanity during the daily rumpus.
  • Sockdolager
    • Something that settles a matter; a decisive blow or answer.
    • On the playground, "I know you are, but what am I" is the ultimate sockdolager to many an argument.
  • Sybaritic
    • Fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure; self-indulgent.
    • As soon as the kids were out of the house, Dan cashed out his savings and had a sybaritic retirement on the Florida coast.
  • Torpid
    • Mentally or physically inactive; lethargic.
    • The torpid teen sat on the couch shoveling chips into his mouth, his eyes never breaking from Cartoon Network.
  • Turpitude
    • Depravity, wickedness.
    • The trial exposed the public to the turpitude hiding behind his pleasant demeanor.

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