Tuesday, July 14, 2020

In other words, sure and uncertain

  • ambigue, noun. An ambiguous statement or expression.
  • ayuh, adverb (interjection). Yes.
  • brigue, noun. A quarrel, an argument; strife, contention.
  • buycott, noun. The opposite of a boycott: deliberately purchasing a company’s or a country’s products in support of their policies, or to counter a boycott.
  • confirmation bias, noun. The tendency to process information by looking for, or interpreting, information that is consistent with one’s existing beliefs.
  • doozy, noun. Something outstanding or unique of its kind.
  • dreich, adjective. Of a person: appropriately serious or solemn. Obsolete.
  • echo chamber, noun. An environment in which a person encounters only beliefs or opinions that coincide with their own, so that their existing views are reinforced and alternative ideas are not considered.
  • epidemic, adjective. (of a disease) Affecting many persons at the same time, and spreading from person to person in a locality where the disease is not permanently prevalent. noun, a temporary prevalence of a disease.
  • fait accompli, noun. An accomplished, presumably irreversible deed or fact; a fact accomplished; a thing done; a scheme already carried into execution.
  • foot-hot, adverb. In great haste; without pause or slackening of speed.
  • gribiche, noun. A sauce similar to mayonnaise, typically made from hard-boiled eggs, oil, vinegar, and mustard combined with chopped herbs, capers, and cornichons, and served cold as an accompaniment to meat, fish, or vegetables.
  • heckler’s veto, noun. A situation in which a party who disagrees with a speaker’s message is able to unilaterally trigger events that result in the speaker being silenced.
  • iconoclasm, noun. The act of attacking cherished beliefs or traditional institutions regarded as based on error or superstition: the doctrine or spirit of one who so attacks.
  • iconoclast, noun. A person who attacks settled beliefs or institutions; a person who destroys religious images or opposes their veneration.
  • intolerista, noun (Slang). Someone who enforces tolerance by behaving intolerantly toward people who disagree with them (combination of English word “intolerance” with the Latin suffix -ista, meaning “one who practises or believes”).
  • lustration, noun. Ceremonial purification; especially, a religious act of purgation or cleansing by the use of water or certain sacrifices or ceremonies, or both, performed among the ancients upon persons, armies, cities, localities, animals, etc.
  • offendinista, noun (Slang). A person that wakes up every morning looking for something to be upset about (combination of English word “offend” with the Latin suffix -ista, meaning “one who practises or believes”).
  • pandemic, adjective. (of a disease) Prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area. noun, a pandemic disease.
  • quin incerta, noun. Something doubtful, unsure, or uncertain; an uncertain possibility.
  • reductio, noun. An act or process of reducing—used as the first term in phrases relating to disproof of a proposition by arguing it to an obviously false conclusion (e.g. reductio ad absurdum).
  • sounding board, noun. .A person or group whose reactions to suggested ideas are used as a test of their validity or likely success before they are made public.
  • snowflake, noun. A very sensitive person; a hypersensitive person who cannot stand to have his or her worldview challenged; a person with an inflated sense of uniqueness, an unwarranted sense of entitlement, or is unable to deal with opposing opinions.
  • strident, adjective. Loud and harsh; grating.

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