December 16

palaver

palaver. p, a, l, a, v, e, r. palaver. American media percolates with a seemingly endless palaver between pundits on opposing sides of the Culture War. But even so, the drivel spewed is not equally sinister in intent. One side stands for freedom and fairness. A rational discourse of ideas. It believes in science and progress. In education. In community. The opposition? Its belief is in Jesus Christ. That all things good are Christian. And that everything else portends the destruction of the American way of life.

/pəˈlævər/

noun. 1 a idle or beguiling talk or conversation. b talk intended to deceive. c chatter. 2 a persuasive talk. b flattery.

American media percolates with a seemingly endless palaver between pundits on opposing sides of the Culture War. But even so, the drivel spewed is not equally sinister in intent. One side stands for freedom and fairness. A rational discourse of ideas. It believes in science and progress. In education. In community. The opposition? Its belief is in Jesus Christ. That all things good are Christian. And that everything else portends the destruction of the American way of life.

orthography. o, r, t, h, o, g, r, a, p, h, y. orthography. There is a lot of debate between linguists about what Ebonics is. Language? English dialect? Broken English? The Ebonics orthography is not regularized, so words often have many different spellings. This much is clear: Good luck finding work when your résumé is written in it.

/ɔrˈθɒgrəfi/

noun. 1 a the art or practice of writing words with the proper letters, according to standard usage. b conventionally correct spelling. 2 the part of grammar which treats of the letters, and of the art of spelling words correctly. 3 a drawing in correct projection, especially an elevation or a vertical section.

There is a lot of debate between linguists about what Ebonics is. Language? English dialect? Broken English? The Ebonics orthography is not regularized, so words often have many different spellings. This much is clear: Good luck finding work when your résumé is written in it.

December 14

coerce

coerce. c, o, e, r, c, e. coerce. After Kitti left him, Kristóf attempted to coerce her into regular sex by threatening to send nude photographs he nefariously took to her employer. Though she initially complied, Kristóf pushed his luck and ended up on the wrong end of her new boyfriend's fist.

/koʊˈɜrs/

verb. 1 To compel or constrain by intimidation, or authority to any action. 2 a to restrain by force, especially by law or authority. b to repress. c to curb.

After Kitti left him, Kristóf attempted to coerce her into regular sex by threatening to send nude photographs he nefariously took to her employer. Though she initially complied, Kristóf pushed his luck and ended up on the wrong end of her new boyfriend's fist.