Word(s) of the day

oeuvre

the body of work of a painter, composer, or author.

“the complete oeuvre of Mozart”

sleuth

carry out a search or investigation in the manner of a detective.

“scientists began their genetic sleuthing for honey mushrooms four years ago”

feckless

lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible.

“her feckless younger brother”

distraught

very worried and upset.

distraught parents looking for a runaway teenager”

flustered

make (someone) agitated or confused.

“Rakesh seemed rather flustered this morning”

glacial

extremely slow (like the movement of a glacier).

“an official described progress in the talks as glacial

smattering

  • a slight superficial knowledge of a language or subject.
    “Edward had only a smattering of Welsh”
  • a small amount of something.
    a smattering of snow”

frisson

a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill.
“a frisson of excitement”

fresh breeze

Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and shoulders? The experience is called frisson (pronounced free-sawn), a French term meaning “aesthetic chills,” and it feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a ‘skin orgasm.’ [more]

bristle

  • (of hair or fur) stand upright away from the skin, typically as a sign of anger or fear.
    “the hair on the back of his neck bristled
  • be covered with or abundant in.
    “the roof bristled with antennae”

chutzpah

extreme self-confidence or audacity (usually used approvingly).

“love him or hate him, you have to admire Cohen’s chutzpah

contretemps

a minor dispute or disagreement.
“she had occasional contretemps with her staff”

an unexpected and unfortunate occurrence.
“The hotel had to deal with more than one contretemps before the end of the night”

injunction

an authoritative warning or order.

sham

(n.) a thing that is not what it is purported to be.
“our current free health service is a sham

(adj.) bogus; false.
“a clergyman who arranged a sham marriage”

(v.) falsely present something as the truth.
“was he ill or was he shamming?”

putz

(n.) a stupid or worthless person.

Vulgar. penis.

(v.) engage in an inconsequential or unproductive activity.
“too much putzing around up there would ruin them”
“For residents of the Bay Area’s fancy, new, tricked-out condo and apartment towers, the coronavirus lockdown is more than a mandate to stay home and putz around in your slippers.”

philistine

(n.) a person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts.
“I am a complete philistine when it comes to paintings”

(adj.) hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts.
“a philistine government”

Now read this article:

https://www.tabletmag.com/sections/arts-letters/articles/philip-roth-letters

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