Here are some interesting, weird and, sometimes, funny words we have recently added to the MercurySays dictionary. Some words are recent inventions. Some are rare or they have been used in new contexts.
The idea that everything in history should be judged from the values of current times.
Being foolish or stupid.
Viewing, for example, a television show with the intention of criticizing it.
Being ordered to volunteer to do something. Used by the New York Post in an article about a State Trooper and Andrew Cuomo’s daughter. (Aug. 19, 2022)
Poor, impoverished, deficient. Used by Bob Bakish, CEO and President of Paramount Global on Fox Business’s Barron’s Roundtable in reference to buying advertising space. (Aug. 6, 2022)
To excite or arouse interest.
Usually as “piqued:” To briefly feel unhappy based on wounded pride.
To remove something bad or incorrect.
Condemning someone or something to destruction.
Psyops and Psy-ops
Activities designed to manipulate an enemy’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
An imaginary drug to help people overcome loss.