New Word #47: Recently Learned

Shibboleth: a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.
From Pooja’s post here.

maudlin: self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness.
From mjcd2017’s post here.

traction: the action of drawing or pulling something over a surface, especially a road or track. This word is often used in “gain traction” to signify the popularity of a publication.
From Bonnywood’s post here.

escarpment: a long, steep slope, especially one at the edge of a plateau or separating areas of land at different heights.
From 100 Country Trek here.

nook and cranny: the smaller or less accessible parts of a place or object which are not normally noticed
From Geoff’s post here.

homophone: each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling, for example new and knew.
From Dave Kemp’s tweet here.

kvetch: complain(verb); a person who complains a great deal (noun). From Yiddish. I should have known this word, since I watched all of Woody Allen’s movies, which is all about kvetch in a certain way. I must have missed this word somehow.

turgid: swollen and distended or congested.
From Heterodox Buddhist’s post here.

clematis: A climbing plant of the buttercup family which bears white, pink, or purple flowers

flak: strong criticism.

appetency: a longing or desire.

abstention: the fact or practice of restraining oneself from indulging in something; abstinence.

whorl: a pattern of spirals or concentric circles

xenophile: an individual who is attracted to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures.

philatelist: A person who collects stamps.

19 thoughts on “New Word #47: Recently Learned

    1. Wow, I love both. Once I watched an interview between Jason Alexandar (too lazy to check if the name is right) who played George. I was so disappointed that Jason is so normal, full of common sense, low key, self effacing, and even lay back. He is nothing like George. I bet in real life he’s never even said one line that is similar to what George would say since the two are so different.

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        1. That’s true. I haven’t watched Larry’s real life videos, but I watched “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. LOL. I wonder if he really behaves the way he does in “Curb”. Thank you for the video.

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