SHINDIG

Noun:

  • Noisy party or festivities. [W]

'—that may be unveiled at the shindig.' [X]

SIMILE

Noun:

  • A figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another, in the case of English generally using like or as. [W]

simile is like a metaphor.’

CHICANERY

Noun:

  • Deception by use of trickery, quibbling, or subterfuge. [W]

I’ve seen screenshots from a slew of apps — including Facebook — that use similar chicanery so that only users who intend to rate the app with five stars are actually forwarded on to the store.' [X]

GOOFUS

Noun:

  • a foolish, stupid, or inept person

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LEITMOTIF

Noun:

  • A recurring theme. [W]

Indeed, it is this intergroup nature of prejudice which really forms the leitmotif for the whole book.

PROPINQUITY

Noun:

  • Nearness or proximity.
  • Affiliation or similarity. [W]

There may be several reasons why propinquity leads to attraction, as many other studies have shown.

METE

Noun:

  • A boundary or other limit; a boundary-marker; mere.

[W]

BEELINE

Noun:

  • A very direct or quick path or trip. [W]

We all made a beeline for the toy aisle, but that path led through the section of greeting cards and books.' [X]

CHARGE

Noun:

  • The scope of someone’s responsibility.
  • Someone or something entrusted to one’s care, such as a child to a babysitter or a student to a teacher. [W]

The child was a charge of the nanny.’

CUPIDITY

Noun:

  • Extreme greed, especially for wealth.

[W]

ONUS

Noun:

While it might be somewhat helpful on the part of the writer to define particularly uncommon words or technical jargon, the onus is on the reader to understand the text.' [X]

ANTEBELLUM

Noun:

  • Of the time period prior to a war.
  • In the United States of America, of the period prior to the American Civil War, especially in reference to the culture of the southern states. [W]

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.' [X]

MANOR

Noun:

  • A landed estate.
  • The main house of such an estate or a similar residence; a mansion.

[W]

SUPPLIANT

Noun:

  • One who pleads or requests earnestly.

[W]

TWINGE

Noun:

  • A sudden sharp pain; a darting local pain of momentary continuance; as, a twinge in the arm or side. [W]

It’s a twinge in your heart, far more powerful than memory alone.' [X]