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appellation
a name or title that distinguishes or identifies
diphthong
speech sound that consist of two vowels or a vowel and semivowel contained in a single syllable
eponym
A person whose name is or is thought to be the source of the name of something, such as a city, country, or era. For example, Romulus is the eponym of Rome.
linguistics
n 1: the scientific study of language 2: the humanistic study of language and literature
neologism
A new word, expression, or usage.
parlance
A particular manner of speaking; idiom: legal parlance
patois
A regional dialect, especially one without a literary tradition.
polyglot
Speaking, writing, written in, or composed of several languages.A person having a speaking, reading, or writing knowledge of several languages.
solecism
A nonstandard usage or grammatical construction
vulgar
Spoken by or expressed in language spoken by the common people; vernacular
amulet
An object worn, especially around the neck, as a charm against evil or injury.
capricious
impulsive and unpredictable
fatalism
The doctrine that all events are predetermined by fate and are therefore unalterable.
incantation
Ritual recitation of verbal charms or spells to produce a magic effect.
propitious
presenting favorable circumstances;
providential
Of or resulting from divine providence
quirk
A peculiarity of behavior; an idiosyncrasy
serendipity
The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
vagary
a wild, unpredictable notion or action
vicissitude
One of the sudden or unexpected changes or shifts often encountered in one's life, activities, or surroundings
continuity
An uninterrupted succession or flow;
converge
To come together from different directions; meet
initiate
To set going by taking the first step; begin
pivotal
Being of vital or central importance; crucial
sequel
Something that follows; a continuation.
crux
The basic, central, or critical point or feature:
subordinate
Belonging to a lower or inferior class or rank; secondary
tangential
Only superficially relevant; divergent
terminate
To bring to an end or halt
ultimate
last, coming at the end