Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Superior Person's Tuesday!

Aporia, n. Patently insincere professings, e.g., by a public speaker, of an inability to know how to begin, what to say, etc.

Would you know what to say to me?

This is a very high-class word indeed, and should be used only in conversation with Samuel Beckett or Patrick White. Anyone else will assume you are referring to an unpleasant form of skin disease.

Each Tuesday, we’ll offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. You can purchase all or any of the four Superior Person’s Books of Words from the Godine website.  Aporia appears in the First.

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