Theme: Words formed in error
1. belfry (BEL-free)
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)
noun: Ambiguity; circumlocution (= the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive. ).
“This increase in ambage measures increased arbitrariness.”
an expressive style that uses excessive or empty words
3. arrant (AR-uhnt)
adjective: Complete; thorough.
“Norman Macrae also dismissed the Club of Rome’s prediction that the world was about to run out of food as arrant nonsense.”
1. To move, walk, or glide along nonchalantly.
2. To strut or move in a showy manner.
“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)
adjective: Of or relating to a viper; venomous; malicious.
“The musical taught a generation of viperine office politicians how to stick a shiv into their bosses without leaving any fingerprints on the handle.”