Restart for Word of the Day

This category has been sore neglected so when I came across a list of buzzwords I thought, “Hey! A trove! I can list one of these daily and show alternatives that are less buzzy, fresher.”

However, in keeping with the original intent (me and Scalia) of this category, I will start with a word used by Charlie Sykes in The Bulwark this morning: etiolate. Basically a horticultural term meaning to blanch or make pale, used first of celery so whitened, it has come to be used by extension or metaphor as Charlie did: “… their etiolated consciences.”  Apparently indicating the pallor of near-death. I like it.

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