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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Word guy

I am a word guy and a few new interesting ones have come across my bow in recent days that I was not really familiar with. Thought that I would share them with you.

Kayfabe is a word for the fake wrestling code of omerta. Hard A on the second syllable. Portraying something that is bullshit as real. It originated as an old carny term.

The king of sesquipidalia, George Will, launched this one with a straight face in normal conversation a few months ago. A tergiversator falsifies by the use of vague and ambiguous language. A rat, an equivocator.

A "Karen" is an entitled woman who thinks that she is better than anyone else and deserving of special treatment. If you go to the YouTube channel RedWheel you will meet a lot of Karens.

A pettifogger is a lawyer whose methods are petty, underhanded, or disreputable , a shyster, one given to quibbling over trifles. Chief Justice Roberts recently brought this word back to the fore.

Government by the least suitable or competent citizens of a state.

Postscript, Doug G. sent this new and very descriptive word over for our modern lexicon - the fuckening.


Jon Harwood said...

It is hard to accuse you of tergiversation in your writing, however, presenting these words places you in danger of a sesquipedalian promulgation that is clearly the realm of a pettifogger but safe from accusations of bloviation.


Anonymous said...

New word, at least new to me: mudlarker


Blue Heron said...

nice word, David; one who scavenges river mud for items of value, also a street urchin. new to me too.

Liz said...

Kayfabe doesn't make a lot of sense with it the terms "shoot" and "work"

Yep,I still listen and occasionally watch