Here's the list of cool words from the past month. I particularly like mendacious, galumph, zaftig, nescient, paralogize, and recondite. Anyone want to take a stab at creating a sentence using at least six of these very fine words? Go for it.
MENDACIOUS (men-DAY-shus) adj.--given to deception or falsehood; having a false or lying character.
GALUMPH (guh-LUMPF) int. verb--to move or progress with a clumsy, bumping, thudding, or heavy tread.
CHEF D'OEUVRE (shay-DUHR-vruh) noun--a masterpiece especially in art or literature.
OPEROSE (AH-per-ose) adj.--wrought with labor; requiring or involving effort.
BASINET (base-en-ET) noun--a light, often pointed steel helmet originally open and worn under the battle helmet.
ZAFTIG (ZOF-tig) adj.--having a full, rounded figure; pleasingly plump.
AUSCULTATE (OS-kul-tate) trans. verb--to examine by use of the stethoscope.
DRUPE (DROOP) noun--fruit having a hard endocarp, fleshy mesocarp, and thin epicarp like a skin (as a peach).
LUSTRAL (LUS-trul) adj.--of, relating to, or used for purification.
KIBLAH (KIB-lah) noun--direction of the shrine in Mecca toward which Muslims turn in ritual prayer.
CISMONTANE (SIS-mon-tane) adj.--situated on the nearer side of any mountains.
FALDSTOOL (FALD-stool) noun--a stool or small desk at which one kneels during devotions.
IMPETRATE (IM-pe-trate) trans. verb--to obtain by request or entreaty; to ask for.
NESCIENT (NE-shent) adj.--exhibiting or characterized by lack of knowledge or awareness.
FARCI (FAR-see) noun--a stuffed dish (as a roast or fowl).
PALIMPSEST (PAL-emp-sest) noun--manuscript in which one or two erased writings are found.
ENATIC (ee-NAT-ik) adj.--descended from the same mother; related on the mother's side.
CORM (KORM) noun--rounded thick underground stem base bearing membranous scaly leaves or buds.
LEMMA (LEM-uh) noun--the argument or theme of a composition prefixed as a title or introduction.
PARALOGIZE (puh-RAL-o-gize) int. verb--reason falsely; draw conclusions not warranted by the premises.
RECONDITE (REH-cun-dite) adj.--very difficult to understand and beyond the reach of ordinary comprehension.
VIGESIMAL (vy-JES-uh-mul) adj.--based on the number twenty.
IMBRICATION (im-bri-CA-shun) noun--an overlapping especially of tiles or shingles.
POLTROON (pol-TROON) noun--a spiritless coward; a mean-spirited wretch.
UNFILIAL (un-FILL-ee-ul) adj.--not observing the obligations of a child to a parent.
SUB ROSA (sub RO-zuh) adv.--without publicity or notice.
PELERINE (pel-ur-EEN) noun--a woman's narrow cape of fabric or fur usually with long ends hanging down in front.
DIMORPHIC (di-MOR-fik) adj.--occurring in two distinct forms; combining qualities of two kinds of individuals.
DERELICTION (dare-uh-LIK-shun) noun--an intentional abandonment; a recession of water (as the sea).
KATZENJAMMER (KAT-sen-jam-ur) noun--nausea, headache and debility that often follow dissipation or drunkenness.
RUM (RUM) adj.--unusually fine; characterized by queerness, peculiarity or unusualness.
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