I used to write vocab entries, motivated by me venturing into the world of crossword puzzles. I’m proud to report that I now know most of the words I encounter in puzzles (and don’t do as many crossword puzzles). However, the Economist still baffles me sometimes. So here are some fun words which I could not define:
- Homunculus – a little man;a miniature adult that in the theory of preformation is held to inhabit the germ cell and to produce a mature individual merely by an increase in size.
- Boondoggle – a braided cord worn by Boy Scouts as a neckerchief slide, hatband, or ornament; a wasteful or impractical project or activity often involving graft.
- Aubergine – eggplant (British).
- Tendentious – marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view; biased.
- Irredenta – a territory historically or ethnically related to one political unit but under the political control of another.
- Irredentism – a political principle or policy directed toward the incorporation of irredentas within the boundaries of their historically or ethnically related political unit.
- Aught – anything; all, everything.