Friday, July 31, 2020

In other words, ageusia, amnesia, and anosmia

  • Aesopism, noun. A condition, story, practice, or other feature characteristic or reminiscent of Aesop.
  • ageusia, noun. Loss or impairment of the sense of taste.
  • amnesia, noun. Loss of a large block of interrelated memories; complete or partial loss of memory caused by brain injury, shock, etc.
  • anosmia, noun. Absence or loss of the sense of smell.
  • bothsidesism, noun. A tendency to treat all policy debates as if the opposing sides present equally strong arguments, or are equally valid or equally dangerous.
  • clamber, verb (used with or without object). To climb, using both feet and hands; climb with effort or difficulty.
  • coulrophobia, noun. Extreme or irrational fear of clowns.
  • ensky, verb. To place in or as if in the heavens; exalt.
  • esoteric, adjective. Intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.
  • fakement, noun. A scheme or device (typically for some dishonest purpose), a ploy, a dodge, a trick; (sometimes more vaguely) a thing, an item.
  • gaiter, noun. A covering of cloth or leather for the ankle and instep and sometimes also the lower leg, worn over the shoe or boot.
  • journalism, noun. The activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast.
  • micro-cheating, noun. Inappropriate behavior that crosses healthy and expected boundaries in a relationship, but stops short of physical infidelity (e.g. emotional affairs, flirting).
  • revanche, noun. The policy of a state intent on regaining areas of its original territory that have been lost to other states as a result of war, a treaty signed under duress, etc.
  • social climber, noun. A person who attempts (frequently by means considered disreputable) to attain a higher social status, esp. acceptance in fashionable society, or is anxious to do so.
  • social contract, noun. Any mutual agreement between specific persons, groups, or elements within a society.

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