It’s finally here! Enjoy 5 new words courtesy of Merriam Webster!
flimflam; verb: to subject to deception or fraud
Example Sentence: The people behind the e-mail scam tried to flimflam unsuspecting users into giving out their credit card information and Social Security numbers.
googol; noun: the figure 1 followed by 100 zeros equal to 10100
Example Sentence: In January 1997, astronomers Fred Adams and Gregory Laughlin predicted that the universe would end in a number of years equal to approximately one googol.
replete; adjective: fully or abundantly provided or filled
Example Sentence: The children were delighted to find that the costume trunk was replete with dresses, hats, capes, and all sorts of props to play make-believe.
nocebo; noun: a harmless substance that when taken by a patient is associated with harmful effects due to negative expectations or the psychological condition of the patient
Example Sentence: “Medical researchers know about nocebos but are often at a loss how to deal with them. For example, it would be wrong not to tell people about possible side effects of a medicine, yet the more they are educated about side effects, the more side effects they will get.” — Alan Christianson, The Huffington Post, 22 Apr. 2015
capitulate; verb: to surrender often after negotiation of terms
Example Sentence: The company capitulated to the labor union to avoid a strike.
That’s all for this week! Thanks for reading!