Set 42 – Five New Words for Feb 11

Theme: Words formed in error

1. belfry  (BEL-free)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A bell tower; also the part of a tower where a bell is hung.
2. Head. Usually in the phrase to have bats in the belfry, meaning to be crazy.

2. ambage (AM-bij)

MEANING:
noun: Ambiguity; circumlocution (= the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive. ).

USAGE:
“This increase in ambage measures increased arbitrariness.”

Type of:
verboseness, verbosity
an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words

3. arrant (AR-uhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Complete; thorough.

USAGE:
“Norman Macrae also dismissed the Club of Rome’s prediction that the world was about to run out of food as arrant nonsense.”

4. sashay

MEANING:
verb intr.:
1. To move, walk, or glide along nonchalantly.
2. To strut or move in a showy manner.

USAGE:
“Tyler switched to 6th Street, the car swaying and sashaying through the leafy old homes of Hancock Park.”

5. viperine (VY-puhr-in, -puh-ryn)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to a viper; venomous; malicious.

USAGE:
“The musical taught a generation of viperine office politicians how to stick a shiv into their bosses without leaving any fingerprints on the handle.”

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