Brobdingnagian \Brob`ding*nag”i*an\, a. [From Brobdingnag, a
country of giants in “Gulliver’s Travels.”]
Colossal; of extraordinary height; gigantic. — n. A giant.
[Spelt often Brobdignagian.]

lively or energetic spirit; enthusiasm; vitality.

[sten-tawr-ee-uhn, -tohr-]
very loud or powerful in sound: a stentorian voice.

a short, pithy, instructive saying; a terse remark or aphorism.

adjective, pith·i·er, pith·i·est.
brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible: a pithy observation.

[loo-goo-bree-uhs, -gyoo-]
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner: lugubrious songs of lost love.

noun, plural tau·tol·o·gies.
needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in “widow woman.”
an instance of such repetition.

rabble rouser
a person who stirs up the passions or prejudices of the public, usually for his or her own interests; demagogue.

Pau*cil”o*quy\, n. Brevity in speech.

a particular form of expression; a word, phrase, expression, or idiom, especially as used by a particular person, group, etc.
a style of speech or verbal expression; phraseology.


bosh \bosh\, noun:

Absurd or foolish talk; nonsense.

You know perfectly well — and it is all bosh, too. Come, now, how do they proceed?
— Mark Twain, The Gilded Age

Bosh stems from the Turkish word bos meaning “empty”.

histrionics \his-tree-ON-iks\, noun:

1. Behavior or speech for effect, as insincere or exaggerated expression of an emotion.
2. Dramatic representation; theatricals; acting.

Of course it is not only southern writers, of lyrical bent, who engage in such histrionics and shout, “Look at me!” Perhaps it is a parable of all artists.
— Tennessee Williams, New Selected Essays

Though it sounds like the word history, histrionics has a different root. It comes from the Etruscan root histriōn- which meant “actor.”

apoplectic \ap-uh-plek-tik\, adjective:

1. Intense enough to threaten or cause a stroke.

Apoplectic stems from the Greek word apoplēktikós which meant “pertaining to stroke”. It literally meant “struck down”.

natch \nach\, adverb:

Of course; naturally.

gning a computer program to put the Lever process on automatic. For a small fee, natch.
— Dana Stabenow, Second Star

Natch is a shortening and respelling of the common English word naturally.

mignon \min-YON\, adjective:

Small and pretty; delicately pretty.

And here Jasmin caressed his own arm, and made as if it were a baby’s, smiling and speaking in a mignon voice, wagging his head roguishly.
— William Chambers and Robert Chambers, Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal

Mignon stems from the French word of the same spelling which means “delicate” or “charming”. It is also related to the word “minion” through the sense of “small”.

cunctation \kuhngk-TEY-shuhn\, noun:

Delay; tardiness.

“What it’s about,” Goldman said, with tantalizing cunctation, “is a whole lot of things, as a matter of fact.”
— Philip Kerr, The Shot

Cunctation stems from the Latin word cunctātiōn- meaning “delay” or “hesitation”.

Sardanapalian \sahr-dn-uh-PEYL-yuhn\, adjective:

Excessively luxurious.

First used in English in the 1860s, Sardanapalian is an eponym that comes from the legendary Assyrian king Sardanapal who was famous for his decadence.

1. Moving lightly; nimble.
2. Engaged in or having the power of flight.

1. Also called volant piece. Armor. A reinforcing piece for the brow of a helmet.

With Rube winging it that spring, the band blared, and the volant baseball team was unbeatable.
— Alan Howard Levy, Rube Waddell

Volant stems from the Latin word volāre which meant “to fly”. In English, it acquired the sense of moving nimbly in the early 1600s.