My Favorite New Words

(from a variety of sources)

affine
a relative by marriage (at last, a categorical!)
apophasis
denial of one's intention to speak of a subject that is at the same time named/insinuated
catachresis
the use of the wrong/forced word for the context (or a labored figure of speech)
cathexis
the investment of emotional significance in an activity or thing; the charge of psychic energy so invested
elenchus
a logical refutation
fug
an odorous emanation or stuffy atmosphere
koan
a riddle in the form of a paradox (such as those used in Zen for meditation)
kef
a state of dreamy tranquility (such as a weed high) -- I'm promoting this as an adjective/exclamation (a combination of "cool" and "hip"...)
lethologica
when you have that word on the tip of your tongue and you just can't remember...
oppugn
to fight against or to call into question
polysemous
marked by multiplicity of meaning
pukka
genuine, authentic; first-class
screed
a long discourse, especially a diatribe (also, an informal writing, and other meanings)
seigniorage
a government revenue from the manufacture of coins calculated as the difference between the monetary and the bullion value of the silver contained in silver coins
syzygy
the conjunction of two heavenly bodies (also, any two related things, alike or opposite)
virgule
another, more elevated, term for the familiar "slash" or "/"


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