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You Don't Say

You Don't Say John E. McIntyre writes about language, usage, journalism & arbitrarily chosen subjects.
In a word: exegesis

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:

EXEGISIS

You will have come across exegesis (pronounced ek-suh-JEE-sis), if at all, in the context of interpretation of Scripture.

The word derives from the Greek exgeisthai, “to interpret.”

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Readers notice

The voice on the message was that of an older lady, and she was not happy.

"You have hyphenated the word reach in the first paragraph of a story on your front page. Does your newspaper still have any proofreaders?”

Of course I called her back. The grammar and usage complaints are forwarded to me—usually accompanied by the question “Do you still have copy editors at your paper?”

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In a word: bien pensant

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:

BIEN PENSANT

Guilty over the neglect of this feature for several previous weeks, I offer a bonus word this week.

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In a word: pother

Each week The Sun's John McIntyre presents a relatively obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar, another brick to add to the wall of your vocabulary. This week's word:

POTHER

Back to business after a month of neglecting the words of the week while addressing one pother after another.

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Just lay off Merriam-Webster
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English steals from other languages and does what it will
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