Words of the Week- October 28th

word of the week

It’s finally here! Enjoy 5 new words courtesy of Merriam Webster!

flimflam; verb: to subject to deception or fraud

Example Sentence: The people behind the e-mail scam tried to flimflam unsuspecting users into giving out their credit card information and Social Security numbers.

googol; noun: the figure 1 followed by 100 zeros equal to 10100

Example Sentence: In January 1997, astronomers Fred Adams and Gregory Laughlin predicted that the universe would end in a number of years equal to approximately one googol.

replete; adjective: fully or abundantly provided or filled

Example Sentence: The children were delighted to find that the costume trunk was replete with dresses, hats, capes, and all sorts of props to play make-believe.

nocebo; noun: a harmless substance that when taken by a patient is associated with harmful effects due to negative expectations or the psychological condition of the patient

Example Sentence: “Medical researchers know about nocebos but are often at a loss how to deal with them. For example, it would be wrong not to tell people about possible side effects of a medicine, yet the more they are educated about side effects, the more side effects they will get.” — Alan Christianson, The Huffington Post, 22 Apr. 2015

capitulate; verb: to surrender often after negotiation of terms

Example Sentence: The company capitulated to the labor union to avoid a strike.

That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading!


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