New word of the day

Thursday, March 16th, 2006

I was just reading through a draft of a student essay which is rather good, but contains the following line:

Carroll powerphrases MacDonald when he says, “mass art is going to have to aim at the generic or common denominator in terms of taste, sensitivity, and intelligence in its potential audiences”

I pointed out the error (which is an understandable one when you think that we gain a lot of our vocabulary aurally) but I actually quite like the word.

Powerphrase, verb: to use a choice quotation in order to win an argument without bothering to provide any actual evidence beyond the idea that if that person believes something to be true, it must be.

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