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Interesting and Notable Words and Phrases of the Slate Podcast Literati: Nov. 4, 2009

Latest notable terms from this week’s Slate Culture Gabfest and Slate Political Gabfest (feel free to email me suggestions or leave them in the comments to the main page):

  • anodyne [DP, PG10-30-09]
  • arrivistes [SM, CG11-4-09]
  • bookend [PG10-30-09]
  • déclassé [SM, CG11-4-09]
  • lability [DS, CG11-4-09]
  • martinet [DS, CG11-4-09]
  • optics [DP, PG10-30-09]
  • paean [DS, CG11-4-09]
  • patrimony [SM, CG11-4-09]
  • Sturm und Drang [JD, PG11-6-09]
  • sui generis [EB, PG10-30-09]
  • treacly [JT, CG11-4-09]
  • Tribeca [SM, CG11-4-09]
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  • t w v November 4, 2009, 1:27 pm

    I use these words as part of my normal vocabulary:

    bookend
    déclassé
    optics
    paean
    patrimony
    sui generis

    All others are used only by pretentious snobs!

  • Stephan Kinsella November 4, 2009, 2:35 pm

    @twv:

    “I use these words as part of my normal vocabulary:

    bookend”

    As a verb?

    “déclassé
    optics
    paean”

    OMFG 🙂

  • David November 6, 2009, 3:28 am

    So I can’t tell you how many episodes I’ve listened to thinking, I should really make a website picking these out. You should really link to their definitions – treacly? My god.

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