When I try and describe the function of language, I’m reminded, by the younger me who dreamt of attending Hogwarts, by the words of the late great Albus Dumbledore. ‘Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.’

I intend to cause no harm or remedy any such injuries. I simply plan on informing a passionate reader of fifteen great words to incorporate into writing, all of which I learnt from one source. After all, what fun is there in using a language as varied as English if we can’t harness its magic, in all its evil.

 

01 Mawkish – Adjective

sentimental in an exaggerated or false way.

 

02 Milksop – Informal Noun

a person who is indecisive and lacks courage.

 

03 Filicide – Noun

The act of killing a son or daughter by a parent.

 

04 Pernicious – Adjective

having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way.

 

05 Insouciant – Adjective

showing a casual lack of concern.

 

06 Obscurantist – Noun

a person who deliberately prevents the facts or full details of something from becoming known.

 

07 Mountebanks – Noun

a person who deceives others, especially in order to trick them out of their money; a charlatan.

 

08 Kitsch – Noun or Adjective

to be in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.

 

09 Epithet – Noun

phrase expressing a quality or attribute regarded as characteristic of the person or thing mentioned.

 

10 Laity – Noun

ordinary people, as distinct from professionals or experts.

 

11 Ignominious – Adjective

deserving or causing public disgrace or shame.

 

12 Efficacious – Formal Adjective

(of something inanimate or abstract) successful in producing a desired or intended result; effective.

 

13 Vacuous – Adjective

having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless.

 

14 Parsimonious – Adjective

very unwilling to spend money or use resources.

 

15 Bellicose – Adjective

demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight.

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