World Wide Words

These words are from the website "World Wide Words" http://www.worldwidewords.org/index.htm
Each of these words links to an article on that website.

In November 2006, Visual Thesaurus did an interview with the creator of the website (Michael Quinion) - Words, Words, Words http://www.visualthesaurus.com/cm/dictionary/419/.
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  1. addiction
    being dependent on something habit-forming
  2. ambient
    completely enveloping
  3. aposiopesis
    breaking off in the middle of a sentence
  4. bloviate
    speak verbosely and windily
  5. bodacious
    unrestrained by convention or propriety
  6. brainstorming
    a group problem-solving technique in which members spontaneously share ideas and solutions
  7. burgoo
    thick spicy stew of whatever meat and whatever vegetables are available; southern United States
  8. chatoyant
    varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
  9. decimate
    kill in large numbers
  10. gazebo
    a small roofed building affording shade and rest
  11. gobbledygook
    incomprehensible and wordy jargon
  12. jingoism
    fanatical patriotism
  13. lynch
    kill without legal sanction
  14. mesmerise
    attract strongly, as if with a magnet
  15. shenanigan
    the use of tricks to deceive someone
  16. skedaddle
    run away, as if in a panic
  17. stagflation
    a period of slow economic growth and high unemployment (stagnation) while prices rise (inflation)
Created on December 28, 2008 (updated December 28, 2008)

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