Tontine: (tahn teen) Noun. A joint financial arrangement whereby the participants usually contribute equally to a prize that is awarded entirely to the participant who survives all the others. Kind of like a 50/50. Gertrude discovered her husband Heathcliff had taken all her shopping money and invested it into a shady TONTINE scheme.
SUSURROUS ADJECTIVE (su-sur-rous) Full of whispering sounds The wind blowing in the trees made a SUSURROUS sound
CANOROUS ADJECTIVE (ca-nor-ous) Describes things, that are a pleasure to listen too The band played a CANOROUS song
DELECTATION NOUN (de-lek-ta-shen) DELIGHT ENJOYMENT The Christmas show was a DELECTATION
APHORISM NOUN (af-er-iz-em) APHORISM is a statement of truth or opinion expressed in a concise and witty remark A short saying that is intended to express a general truth My English teacher in high school, liked to use a different APHORISM everyday.
ATARAXY NOUN A state of calmness and tranquility (add-uh-rack-see) When I sit on my balcony overlooking the ocean. I feel ATARAXY
MOT JUSTE NOUN (Moh-zhewst) The exactly right word phrasing An appropriate word Writers tend to care more than the average person about using MOT JUSTE I always tried to use MOT JUSTE when writing my term papers
PICAYUNE ADJECTIVE (pik-ee-yoon) Of little value-small-a PICAYUNE amount or occurrence My mother used this word…. She would have been 105 this month. So you know how outdated this word is.
DEVOIR NOUN (duh-wahrz) SOMETHING FOR WHICH A PERSON IS RESPONSIBLE-DUTY The jury duty notice was my DEVOIR
EGRESS NOUN (E-gress) EGRESS is a synonym for exit. The homes for sale ad stated that the bedroom had a EGRESS. Do not give your teen that room!