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  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Jun
03
2013

nostrum

Posted in Word of the Day, Wordsmyth Blog by admin

nostrum

na strəm

noun

1. a medicine with undisclosed ingredients, advertised without proof as an effective cure; quack remedy.
example: William Radam’s “Microbe Killer,” a nostrum sold in the 1890s, made the claim “Cures all Diseases.”
2. a favorite but unproven scheme or theory, offered as a remedy for social or political problems; panacea.
example: Conservatives regard the idea that government can solve social problems as a liberal nostrum.

radam microbe killer