We should start using these 10 words again in 2023, according to Wayne State University

List is now in its 14th year

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Wayne State University has released their annual list of words we should start using again.

Now beginning its 14th year, Wayne State’s Word Warriors program aims to resurrect long-lost — but not completely forgotten — words. The list is compiled from public suggestions and administrators.

“Once again, our Word Warriors have provided a collection of words that makes our language a bit livelier,” said Chris Williams, assistant director of editorial services for Wayne State Marketing and Communications, and head of the Word Warriors program. “To say someone ‘stravaged under the mogshade as the crepuscular glow filled the forest’ is so much more poetic than saying ‘he walked in the woods at night.’”

So here’s the big 2023 list:

  • Bunbury
    To create a fictitious scenario that provides an excuse for avoiding unwanted engagements.
    He declined the invitation to the party by saying he had to help his cousin move, a bunbury he kept in his back pocket even though he hadn’t spoken to the relative in decades.
  • Claptrap
    Absurd or nonsensical talk or ideas.
    His opinion pieces were a rambling, incoherent bit of claptrap.
  • Crepuscular
    Of, relating to, or resembling twilight.
    Our last night at the farm, we watched the fireflies as the crepuscular rays filtered through the trees.
  • Gasconade
    Boast extravagantly.
    As soon as he received his test scores, he began to gasconade about the results across his social media channels.
  • Mogshade
    The shadow cast by trees.
    We enjoyed our ice cream while sitting in the cool of the mogshade.
  • Overmighty
    Domineering, imperious, condescending, assertive. Prone to take advantage of power.
    The overmighty zoning officers dismissed the complaint with insulting condescension.
  • Podsnappery
    An attitude toward life marked by complacency and a refusal to recognize unpleasant facts.
    As the company collapsed around him, the CEO displayed a frustrating podsnappery, collecting his bonus with a smile.
  • Rizzle
    To relax and digest after consuming a large meal.
    After Thanksgiving dinner, I plopped on the couch and rizzled for several hours.
  • Stravage
    To roam or wander aimlessly.
    He left the subway station and spent hours stravaging around the city, gawking at the tall buildings and crowds of people.
  • Trice
    A brief space of time.
    The squirrel appeared on the lawn and the dog was after it in a trice.

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