Wondrous Words #388

WWWEvery week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

I was reading an interesting article by Andrew Sullivan in the New York Magazine when I found these new-to-me words:

1. apparatchik: That first press conference when Sean Spicer was sent out to lie and fulminate to the press about the inauguration crowd reminded me of some Soviet apparatchik having his loyalty tested to see if he could repeat in public what he knew to be false.

Apparatchik (äpəˈräCHik) is a noun (chiefly historical) that means a member of the communist party apparat.


2. ad hominem: Any lie is usually doubled down by another lie — along with an ad hominem attack.

Ad hominem (ad ˈhämənəm) is a logical fallacy in which an argument is rebutted by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the person making the argument, or persons associated with the argument, rather than attacking the substance of the argument itself.


That’s it for me this week. I hope you found some words worth celebrating. Feel free to join Wondrous Words Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kathy for the details.

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2 Responses to Wondrous Words #388

  1. Both of these are new to me and will probably come in handy these next four years.

  2. Both new to me also.

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