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Interesting and Esoteric Words of the Slate Podcast Literati: Apr. 14, 2010

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).

  • avidity [DS, CG04-14-10]
  • épater les bourgeousie [Jodi Rosen, CG04-14-10]
  • gestalt [JR, CG04-14-10]
  • impresario [SM, CG04-14-10]
  • inchoate [SM, CG04-14-10]
  • malaise [pronounced “muh-lezz”] [CG04-14-10]
  • nascent [JR, CG04-14-10]
  • patois [DS, CG04-14-10]
  • provocateur [DS, CG04-14-10]
  • syncopated [DS, CG04-14-10]


{ 2 comments… add one }
  • wirkman virkkala April 15, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Two musical terms this time! Neither are very esoteric, really. Interesting, yes…

    I use nascent, gestalt, inchoate, malaise, and provocateur all the time. I would probably use the French phrase more if I were more confident of my French!

  • ishmael April 16, 2010, 11:15 am

    Nascent? I think that one’s probably okay.

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