Weekly Vocab Builder

This week’s list of words is a short one, but I think they’re worth your effort:

  • Skullduggery: deception, fraud, subterfuge.
  • Jack-up: a drilling rig used offshore; also an increase, as in price
  • Eviscerate: to disembowel; to take away a vital part.
  • Cri de coeur: literally, a cry of the heart (French); an impassioned cry, usually of protest.

A Request

A friend asked me to highlight Spanish words in the Vocab Builder. What foreign words, Spanish or otherwise, do you use to give your writing a dash of exotic or worldliness? E-mail me, and I’ll highlight them in a future blog post.

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About Erin Brenner

With a BA and an MA in English, Erin has been an editing professional for 15 years, working on a variety of media, especially online. Her niche is business/marketing and online. In addition, she has experience teaching editing to non-editors and coaching writers. In 2008, Erin was bitten by the social media bug...hard. Follow her on Twitter, @ebrenner, and get a daily vocabulary word, a link to the article of the day, and much more. You can also find her on Facebook and LinkedIn.
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