Luke Joeckel

In a word: largesse

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:

Last week I wrote a headline for the front page of The Sun, “Sinclair shares / largesse with / bonuses for / employees,” and was told later that a reader had complained about my using big words in the paper that people have to look up.

If you stumbled over largesse in that headline, or when it appeared in the first paragraph of the article, but didn’t trouble to look it up, let me fill you in.

We took largesse from French but pronounce it “lahr-JES”...