Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Wednesday Word Skills

These words are from the book "Nibble & Kuhn" by David Schmahmann.

Apogee = the highest or most distant point.
Cuckold = the husband of an unfaithful wife.
Didactic = inclined to teach or lecture others too much.
Excoriate = to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally.
Fug = the humid, warm, ill-smelling air of a crowded room.
Loggia = a space within the body of a building but open to the air on one side, serving as an open-air room or as an entrance porch.
M├ętier = a field of work or other activity in which one has special ability or training; forte.
Piffle = nonsense, as trivial or senseless talk.
Proleptic = the anticipation of possible objections in order to answer them in advance.
Rostrum = any platform, stage, or the like, for public speaking.
Sinecure = an office or position requiring little or no work.
Sua sponte = on the court's own motion or initiative.
Travertine = a form of limestone deposited by springs, esp. hot springs, used in Italy for building.
Venality = openness to bribery or corruption.

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