On Language

On Language

Readers of William Safire’s “On Language” column
were asked to provide fresh meanings for stale words.
A sampling of the results:

Alphabet: The most aggressive wager on the table

Approbation: Fear of early release from prison

Bashful: Being harsh or abusive toward someone

Defibrillator: lie detector

Ineffable: A guaranteed Grade-A term paper

Suffragettes: Cheerleading squad for de Sade High

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