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Learn a New Word

A few hundred of my favorite words and their origins.
   

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candidate

canter

 

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daisy

dasypygal

deasil

decimate

defalcate

defenestrate

démarche

denim

dernier cri

desultory

doddle

dog days

dollars to doughnuts

donnybrook

doughnutting

draconian

droog

drumble

duende

dunce

 

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echt

effulgent

eldritch

embonpoint

entomophagous

ephemeral

espirit d'escalier

estivate

evanesce

execrable

exiguous

 

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galaxy

galimatias

galoot

galvanize

gargantuan

gemütlich

gibbous

git

gladiolus

gobbet

gobbledygook

gobemouche

gorilla

gormless

gound

gowpen

gravitas

gridiron

grig

grotesque

 

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halcyon

hands down

hangdog

happy as a clam

harbinger

hector

hircine

hoi polloi

horripilation

hypnagogic

hypocorism

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ISpacer

ineluctable

ignoramus

in a nutshell

infra dig

infucate

inglenook

insouciance

insufflate

inveterate

isabella

izzat

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jade

jaded

january

jeans

jeremiad

jobation

juggernaut

julep

junket

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kerfuffle

kibitz

kickshaw

kowtow

kudos

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lachrymose

laconic

lacuna

lampoon

lagniappe

leman

liripoop

lobster Newburg

logy

loophole

louche

ludic

lugubrious

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MSpacer

madefy

maffick

mall

marathon

marmoreal

martinet

maudlin

maven

maverick

mausoleum

mawkish

meander

meldrop

mellifluous

mendacious

mephitis

meretricious

mesmerize

mien

mondegreen

moniker

mordant

mosh pit

mundungus

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NSpacer

nacreous

napiform

natalitious

nekton

nephalism

niacin

nidify

nonplussed

nosocomephrenia

nudiustertian

nugatory

 

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OSpacer

Occam's razor

octothorp

oeillade

olla podrida

omphaloskepsis

oneiric

onychophagist

opsimath

orotund

oscitancy

oxter

 

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palilogy

palindrome

pamphlet

panache

pander

pandiculation

panic

panjandrum

panoply

pansy

parthenogenesis

passionflower

pavilion

pedigree

pelf

penultimate

pereginate

perendinate

persiflage

philtrum

picayune

Pierian spring

pilpul

pinniped

plethora

plutolatry

poculation

poetaster

poinsettia

poliosis

popliteal

poppycock

potboiler

pratfall

precocious

prelapsarian

preposterous

presbyopia

procrustean

profane

prolix

protean

psephologist

psithurism

psittacine

puckeroo

puckish

pulchritude

pulviscular

pusillanimous

Pyrrhic

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quagga

quidnunc

quincunx

quotidian

 

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Rashomon

rebarbative

recondite

recrudescence

redolent

redoubtable

rictus

rowel

ruction

 

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SSpacer

Salisbury steak

samizdat

sardonic

sartorial

satire

schadenfreude

schnorrer

scintillating

sciolist

scuttlebutt

seersucker

serendipity

sequipedalian

shambles

shibboleth

skep

skosh

skulduggery

slob

smaze

snickersnee

snollygoster

soccer

sockdolager

soi-disant

solecism

sough

spam

spanghew

spartle

sphairistic

spraints

sprezzatura

stemwinder

stentorian

sternutation

stilliform

Stockholm syndrome

stogy

Sturm und Drang

stymie

sub rosa

sui generis

swan song

sybaritic

sycophant

sylvan

symposium

syringe

 

 

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tantalize

tarmac

tawdry

tchotchke

tergiversate

thank-you-ma'am

titivate

toady

toff

tohubohu

towheaded

tragus

trenchant

truckle

truculent

tsimmes

tulip

tumbler

turdiform

turkey

tuxedo

twee

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USpacer

ukulele

ultra-crepidarian

unctuous

uvula

uxorious

 

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VSpacer

vaccine

vaunt

veisalgia

vernal

vexillologist

virgule

vitiate

 

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WSpacer

wetware

white elephant

widdershins

wombat

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zedonk

Zeitgeist

zephyr

zinnia

zugunruhe

zydeco

 

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