Tuesday, February 20, 2018

PIERRE’S PERSPICUOUS PROTREPTIC


 

 

Per-spic-u-ous

Adjective: (Latin: perspicere, to see through) clear in a statement or expression; easily understood.

Pro-trep-tic

Adjective: intended as instructional. Noun: a book, speech, essay, etc., that is protreptic.

flag-e-la-tion

Noun: a whipping or flogging.

in-culp-able

Adjective: free from blame or guilt.

bête-noire

Noun: a person or thing that is disliked or feared, and therefore avoided.

pleb-i-scite

Noun: an expression of the people’s will by direct ballot on a political issue, as in choosing between independent nationhood or affiliation with another nation.

Pierre Guesnon is a retired engineer who founded and ran an engineering company in Boston for many years, until he retired fifteen years ago. Since then, he has lived most of each year on Marco Island. He is married to an Australian, Margaret Guesnon, whom he met in London and married in Sydney. They have two daughters. Pierre has had a lifelong interest in words and language.

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