Axios Finish Line
May 25, 2022
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- Smart Brevity™ count: 293 words ... 1 1/2 minutes.
1 big thing: More words for your repertoire
I have to be honest with you: We simply wanted to share with you an example of a sentence with the 10 most frequently used words in it. We just did! They're in bold.
- Now let's move on to rarer words: Last week we asked you for your favorite underused, cool words that ought to be elevated.
Why it matters: We received a thousand emails from our readers with funny, heartwarming, unique submissions.
Here's a selection — with Merriam-Webster definitions:
- perspicacious: possessing acute skills of discernment.
- mellifluous: having a smooth, rich flow.
- crepuscular: resembling twilight or something that occurs at twilight.
- peripatetic: traveling from place to place.
- halcyon: characterized by happiness, great success and prosperity.
- jejune: devoid of significance or interest.
- pauciloquy: brevity in speech.
- hamartia: a tragic flaw in a hero or heroine.
- bucolic: an idyllic quality typical of rural life.
- popinjay: a strutting, supercilious person.
- alacrity: promptness in response; cheerful readiness.
- tintinnabulation: the ringing, jingling, tinkling of bells.
- bloviate: verboseness in speaking or writing.
- sangfroid: extreme calmness and steadiness under pressure.
And one in Spanish...
- sobremesa: "It literally translates to 'over table,' and it refers to the time that people spend chatting and enjoying each other at the table once they have finished a meal," Finish Line reader Larisa Alvarez writes.
🏆 Drumroll, please
Thousands of you sent in thoughtful and creative ideas for what to name the ideal Axios employee: wildly talented and ambitious people who show deep humility.
Last week at our company retreat we voted on the top submissions. And the winner is ...
✨ Selfless superstars ✨
Thank you all for your help!
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