50 NYT Words

The venerable New York Times keeps track of when readers use an on-line service to look up a word in one of their stories. Here are the 50 words most often looked up in 20009. I put the ones that I knew in italics. How’s your vocabulary stack up?

sui generis
solipsistic
louche
laconic
saturnine
antediluvian
epistemological
shibboleths
penury
sumptuary
schadenfreude
peripatetic
abstruse
parlous
enervating
adenoidal
feckless
solipsism
ersatz
fealty
sanguine
sartorial
hagiography
pandemic
hagiographic
dauphin
antebellum

paroxysm
risible
interlocutor
swine
apotheosis
comity

Atreus
banal
profligacy
Sisyphean
inchoate
apoplectic
neologisms
bildungsroman
peroration
fungible
recondite
bonobo
phlogiston
contretemps
appurtenances
glut
fecklessness

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