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Thursday, January 31, 2013


Liz Ditz

More lists: Top 20 words to revive in 2013

hoosegow: noun – a jail
malarkey: noun – speech or writing designed to obscure, mislead, or impress; bunkum
kerfuffle: noun – disorder; commotion
bequeath: verb – to hand down; pass on
snollygoster: noun - a clever, unscrupulous person
rapscallion: noun – rascal; rogue; scamp
ballyhoo: noun – clamor or outcry
canoodle: verb – caress, fondle, or pet amorously
loquacious: adjective – characterized by excessive talk; wordy
hootenanny: noun – a social gathering or informal concert featuring folk singing and, sometimes, dancing
flummox: verb – to bewilder; confound; confuse
advertisement: [pronounced ad-vur-tis-muh nt]
cockamamie: adjective – ridiculous, pointless, or nonsensical
beleaguer: verb – to surround or beset, as with troubles; pester
collywobbles: noun – a feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness
melancholy: noun – a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression
callipygian: adjective – having well-shaped buttocks
discombobulate: verb – to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate
behoove: verb – to be worthwhile to, as for personal profit or advantage
mollycoddle: verb – to coddle; pamper

Liz Ditz

Top 13 words to eschew in 2013. Thank heavens she included

Retarded Ugh. Can you believe our English teacher is making us read a book and write an essay? I mean, that’s SO retarded.

In addition to making the user sound ignorant, it’s demeaning to people with special needs and to people with a heart. Pick something else, like “stupid” or “asinine” or “unfair.” And if you find yourself complaining about having to read and write in an English class, may I suggest picking up some friggin’ sense as well?

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