Words of the Week: Week 2

Welcome back and get excited for all the interesting and obscure words I’ve come across in the past week. I’m not sure any of these words will make it into my daily, colloquial conversations (did you catch that alliteration?), but if I ever decide to go back to school I’ll be sure to look through this list to spice up my papers.


Coalesce: verb. Come together and form one mass or whole.

Scion: noun. A descendant of a notable family.

Reconnaissance: noun. Preliminary surveying or research; military observation of a region to locate an enemy or ascertain strategic features.

Galvanize: verb. Shock or excite (someone), typically into taking action.

Prostrate: verb. Lying stretched out on the ground with one’s face downward; (of distress, exhaustion, or illness) reduce (someone) to extreme physical weakness.

Detritus: noun. Waste or debris of any kind.

Pseudoscience: noun. A collection of beliefs or practices mistakenly regarded as being based on scientific method.

Parsimony: noun. Extreme unwillingness to spend money or use resources.

Dossier: noun. A collection of documents about a particular person, event or subject.

Paucity: noun. The presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity.

Inscrutable: adjective. Impossible to understand or interpret.

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