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2.12.2014

Esurient

Adjective: “Hungry or Greedy.” Used in a Sentence: “It seems a tad esurient of my learned colleague to favor 17 highway projects in his own district and a combined total of two in the districts of the remaining 10 members of this committee.”

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8.12.2013

Arrogate

  Verb: “To claim or seize without justification. Claim on behalf of another, ascribe.” Used in a Sentence: “My client would argue that the administration has improperly arrogated time-honored legislative prerogative, Madam Chair.” -30-

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8.07.2013

Plectrum

Noun:  “A  small thin piece of metal, plastic, bone or similar material, used to pluck the strings of certain instruments, such as the guitar or lute.” Used in a Sentence: “In fairness, Mr. Secretary, I will say that my indsutry’s treatment at the hands of your agency’s gibbering, pus-brained regulators has only caused me within the last several weeks to want to gouge out my eyes with a blunt plectrum.” -30-  

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7.02.2013

Valetudinarian

  Noun: “A sickly or weak person, especially someone morbidly concerned with their own health.” Adjective: “Chronically ailing; sickly.” Used in a Sentence: “Are you deaf? The senator from Pasadena isn’t Armenian. He’s valetudinarian.” -30-

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4.24.2013

Apodeictic

  Adjective: “True as proved by demonstration. Incontestable because it has been shown to be true or proved that it can be shown to be true.” Used in a Sentence: “That the worst offenders are kept behind bars where they belong as a result of these sentencing guidelines is apodeictic.” -30-  

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1.16.2013

Skirling

  Verb: “To create a high, shrill, wailing tone like a bagpipe.” (An apt description for the vocal stylings of a number of lawmakers.) Used in a Sentence: “Elimination of this important program would inevitably lead to widespread hardship and painful skirling.” -30-  

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11.27.2012

Spung

  Noun: Something so appalling or terrible words cannot describe it, according to the Urban Dictionary. Used in a Sentence: “With due respect to the author, allowing this measure to become law is nothing but pure, unadulterated spung.”

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8.15.2012

Flinders

  Noun: “Bits, fragments or splinters.” Used in a Sentence: “This is slightly more than budget dust, Madam Chair, it’s more like budget flinders.” (Sir Matthew Flinders mapped the Australian coast in 1802.)  

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8.08.2012

Misprision

  Noun: “The deliberate concealment of one’s knowledge of a treasonable act or a felony.” “Neglect or wrong performance of official duty.” “Seditious Conduct.”  Or: “Erroneous judgment particuarly of the value or identity of something.”  Used in a Sentence: “Perhaps misprision is too strong a word, Assemblyman, but one hopes there’s a day job you can fall back on.”  (Depending on the erudition of the lawmaker, this could cost the testifier a vote.) -30-

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7.24.2012

Anosmic

  Adjective: Impaired or lost sense of smell Used in a Sentence: “As an inspector of CAFOs, Madam Chair, I’m very grateful to be anosmic.” (As defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency, a CAFO is a “Confined Animal Feeding Operation.” That means a congregation of  “animals, feed, manure and urine, dead animals and production operations on a small land area. Feed is brought to the animals rather than the animals grazing or otherwise seeking feed in pastures, fields, or on rangeland.”) -30-

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