I formerly called this feature “Pretentious Terms of the Slate Podcast Literati.” But after debate and reflection, I am changing it to the more ungainly and accurate, but less insulting and offensive, “Interesting and Notable Words and Phrases”. These are words and turns of phrase I notice: either interesting, or delicious, or perhaps a bit too fancy or strained or, yes, in some cases, maybe pretentious, or even misused. But usually just interesting and notable.
- ascribe [SM] (just kidding on this one!)
- cuneiform [not too notable except SM pronounces it the way everyone else does, DS says kyoo-NAY-ih-form]
- giant nougat of incivility [SM]
- l’esprit de l’escalier [SM, a new one on me, I’ll admit]
- triptych [DS]