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1 big thing: More words for your repertoire

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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

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.

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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

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