Category: Word of the Day
uhn te nə bəl
1. of an argument, position, or the like, incapable of being defended or maintained.
Refusing to comment on her lengthy absence from the House is an untenable strategy for the congresswoman, as the media attention is becoming a distraction for her colleagues.
Payday loans lend low-income borrowers temporary cash at untenable interest rates.
2. of a building or the like, incapable of being occupied or lived in.
a discussion, esp. between opponents or enemies, as to establish terms of truce. The general called for a parley to discuss a truce.
to engage in a discussion with an opponent or enemy, as to arrange a truce. The leaders parleyed but neither were satisfied with the other’s terms.
to build on or take advantage of (something) so that it becomes something greater or yields a desired object. He parleyed his good looks and charm into a successful career as an actor. She parleyed her idea into a national chain of salons.
kwId pro kwo
(Latin) one thing in return for another.
He expects a quid pro quo after helping with my legislation.
spo li eI shən
1. the act or practice of seizing others’ goods, such as the plundering of neutral ships by the navy of a warring nation.
2. in law, the altering or destroying of a document or other evidence.
The committee deemed her deletion of email relevant to their investigation as spoliation of evidence.
sae kro saengkt
1: regarded as dedicated to holy use or as so sacred as to be immune to desecration; inviolable; consecrate.
The tomb is considered sacrosanct.
2: so important or revered as to be beyond any alteration or criticism.
Their yearly Super Bowl ritual is sacrosanct, so there is no use suggesting doing anything different.