Word Warriors: Four Years of Words Worth Reviving

January 23, 2013
Every year, Wayne State University releases a list of ten words worth reviving in the new year. Here, learn selected words from 2009-2013.

Update: Check out " Wayne State Word Warriors Words to Rescue, 2014-2015 Edition" for more.
Though antediluvian by today's standards, the buggy whip was once at the forefront of transportation technology.
Stop trying to bamboozle me out of my money!
I was totally put off by the winning coaches' tendency to bloviate ad nauseam.
This guy claims his anti-aging cream really works, but I think he's just a charlatan.
The English privateer Francis Drake was indefatigable in his pursuit of Spanish gold.
We spent our two weeks at the beach in blissful insouciance, sleeping late and basking in the sun.
Mendacity is a system that we live in.
She said she needed a break from trying to anticipate my mercurial moods.
Many cherished ideals of the 1960s now seem more quixotic than even remotely practical.
The mediator was so unctuous that both sides found him impossible to work with.
I hear the government is considering draconian penalties for those who leak classified documents.
Bert felt as though if he waited for Alice any longer he was just going to ossify right there on her doorstep.
Leonard was surprised, to say the least, when his pledge of love sent Emily into paroxysms of laughter.
Gloria had tons of money, but she was so penurious that her mom had to live her last years in a crummy cold-water flat.
Those of us who had weathered the barbs of Spiro Agnew were treated to an exquisite taste of schadenfreude at his downfall.
Roger had disturbing reasons to suspect that Rachel, his erstwhile lover, had hacked into his email accounts.
Alice may have a Ph. D. , but her spelling is execrable.
Albert knew he’d be glad to see Victoria, but he wasn’t expecting a powerful frisson of pleasure when he took her hand.
” Prospects for Yazoo City grew increasingly parlous as the Mississippi’s record flood rolled southward.
Everyone’s heard of the Last Supper, but the Penultimate Supper has been largely forgotten.
I knew I was about to go into the tank socially when I noticed the supercilious way she was looking at my red shoes.
So Gregor drifted off to sleep, never dreaming he was in a Kafka story and would transmogrify into a hideous insect overnight.
To her surprise, Beth found Robert’s words of love to be so mawkish that they made her feel sticky, as though she were being painted with molasses.
Emma hoped to get Lady Astor into a serious conversation, but as long as the King was around she could elicit only persiflage and gossip.

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Thursday January 31st 2013, 2:09 AM
Comment by: Kaye K (Ramat Hasharon Israel)
Felt a real frisson of excitement as I read through these words :)--'execrable' is already one of my faves, but I'm gonna bump the others back up into rotation tout suite. Thanks!
Saturday February 2nd 2013, 4:36 AM
Comment by: Maven
Difficult! I thought I was well-read! Thanks!
Saturday February 9th 2013, 6:43 PM
Comment by: Radko C. (NJ)Top 10 Word ListerTop 10 Commenter
Crisp, concise collection of confounding corkers.
Monday February 11th 2013, 8:12 PM
Comment by: WenYu X. (Canada)
Nice good short list!
Monday March 11th 2013, 4:09 PM
Comment by: Ms. Cooper (SC)
Titillating words!
Saturday March 23rd 2013, 4:54 AM
Comment by: Chris L.
Great list. Anyone who love vocabulary should definitely check this out!
Sunday March 2nd 2014, 5:59 PM
Comment by: libbi W.
Loved it!
Monday October 5th 2015, 11:03 PM
Comment by: Raza Q. (TX)
I kept hitting the button above the enter key slightly before hitting enter on accident... may have punched my keyboard a few times after realizing what just happened

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