Friday, July 24, 2020

In other words, howcatchem and whodunit

  • bastille, noun. A fortified encampment of a besieging army; any of the buildings comprising this.
  • Christophobia, noun. The irrational fear or hatred of Christianity or Christians; intolerance of, hostility towards, or discrimination against Christians.
  • cultural appropriation, noun. The adoption or co-opting, usually without acknowledgment, of cultural identity markers associated with or originating in minority communities by people or communities with a relatively privileged status.
  • derelict, adjective. Abandoned especially by the owner or occupant; also, run-down.
  • don’t-carishness, noun. The quality of not caring; carelessness, indifference, unconcern.
  • dystopia, noun. A society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding.
  • howcatchem, noun Informal. A narrative which begins by showing or describing the commission of the crime, revealing the perpetrator’s identity, the plot shows or describes how the detective proves the perpetrator’s guilt; an inverted detective story.
  • indict, verb (transitive). To charge with a crime by the finding or presentment of a jury (such as a grand jury) in due form of law; to charge with a fault or offense.
  • indite, verb (transitive). Compose, make up; to give literary or formal expression to; to put down in writing.
  • nomen sacrum, noun. Any of various words of particular religious significance given a standard contracted form by early Christian scribes; the contracted form itself (sacred name, a borrowing from Latin).
  • pacation, noun. The act of pacifying or appeasing.
  • placate, verb ( with object). To appease or pacify, especially by concessions or conciliatory gestures.
  • psithurism, noun. The sound of rustling leaves.
  • risible, adjective. Causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous.
  • satisdiction, noun. The action of saying enough.
  • sheeple, noun (functioning as plural) Informal. People who tend to follow the majority in matters of opinion, taste, etc.
  • staycation, noun. A holiday spent at home or in one’s country of residence.
  • whodunit, noun Informal. A narrative dealing with a murder or a series of murders and the detection of the criminal, emphasizing search for the perpetrator; detective story.

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