The NYT's Top 50 Words You Don't Understand

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If you aren't sure what panegyric, immiscible, or Manichaean mean (or if they're even really English), fear not! Turns out nobody else does either. These literary head-scratchers are among the 50 most obscure words used by the New York Times this year.

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Compiled from NYT online articles run between January 1st and July 14th, the list ranks the words that readers looked up most often per mention via the Times' dictionary function. Panegyric (n. a eulogistic oration or writing) topped the list with 582 look-ups for the single time it was used. [NYTimes Blog]

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SkipErnst

Given this list, I'm surprised they have not used one of my favorite multisyllabic words; sesquipedalian. Or perhaps most people know what it means and didn't need to look it up.