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Word of the Day 2007 (art, literary, rhetorical)

Terms

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canard
a false or unfounded report, story, or belief, an airplane with horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of supporting surfaces
quodlibet
a philosophical or theological point proposed for disputation, a whimsical combination of familiar melodies or texts
ad hominem
appealing to feelings or prejudices rather than intellect, marked by or being an attack on an opponent's character
jeremiad
a prolonged lamentation or complaint, a cautionary or angry harangue
gadzookery
the use of archaisms (in a historical novel)
persiflage
frivolous bantering talk
crèche
a representation of the Nativity scene
bombast
pretentious inflated speech or writing
interpolate
to insert (words) into a text or into a conversation, to insert between other things or parts
per contra
on the contrary, by way of contrast
doggerel
loosely styled and irregular in measure esp for burlesque or comic effect, marked by triviality or inferiority
kafkaesque
of, relating to, or suggestive of Franz Kafka or his writings esp having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical quality
exegis
exposition, explanation, esp an explanation or critical interpretation of a text
calumny
false and malicious accusation
encomium
glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise
animadversion
a critical and usually censorious remark - often used with on, adverse criticism
sotto voce
under the breath, in an undertone, in a private manner, very softly - used as a direction in music
hortative
giving exhortation, advisory
squib
a short humorous or satiric writing or speech, a short news item, filler, a small firecracker, a broken firecracker
vernissage
a private showing or preview of an art exhibition
terpsichorean
of or relating to dancing
folderol
a useless ornament or accessory, trifle, nonsense
sententious
given to or abounding in aphoristic expression or excessive moralizing, terse or excessive moralizing, terse, aphoristic, or moralistic in expression
palinode
an ode or song recanting or retracting something in an earlier poem, a formal retraction
gravamen
the material or significant part of a grievance or complaint
histrionic
deliberately affected, theatrical, of or relating to actors, acting, or the theater
syllepsus
the use of a word in the same grammatical relation to two adjacent words in the context with one literal and the other metaphorical

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