By Maeve Maddox
As an avid reader for more years than I care to mention, I have a reasonably large reading vocabulary, if I say so. During the past few months, however, I am encountering more and more unfamiliar words in my daily perusal of various newspapers and websites.
My theory is that journalists, bored beyond endurance with the utter sameness of daily and weekly rehashes of what seem like the same five topics that dominate the news, are reaching for variety with exotic words.
As a word-nerd, nothing delights me more than coming across something new and strange. I do wonder what other readers think of words like misologist, immiserate, and instatiated, thrown without explanation into a run-of-the-mill ne...