With remugient defiance

Jay Thomas (jpthomas@ix.netcom.com)
Tue, 25 Nov 1997 11:08:36 +0000

Total non-techie bits, but for those of you (us) who enjoy words, the
English language
etymology, etc, here you go. Full story at:

FEATURE: Man With Spizzerinctum Finds Unusual Words

By Gregory Crawford

CHICAGO (Reuters) - William F. Buckley Jr., are you out there?

Kevin Johnson, curator of an intriguing and curious Web page, wants to
know what the conservative columnist and standardbearer of the English
thinks of his page (http://www.spizzerinctum.com).

Spizzer what, you ask? Spizzerinctum, of course -- you know, the will
to succeed, as personified in sports stars like basketball's Michael
Jordan, business
tycoons like Ted Turner and politicians like, yes, Bill Clinton.

Johnson, a freelance journalist when he is not scouring dictionaries
and other word books for unusual but real words to describe current
news events,
launched his Web site last April after an attempt at creating a daily
syndicated newspaper column of unusual words fizzled out.

He starts his day by taking in the morning news items from radio,
television and the Internet and chooses a story that will likely be a
highlight in the next
day's newspapers. Then he scours specialized dictionaries such as "The
Endangered English Dictionary," word books such as "The Logo
Dictionary of Interesting and Unusual Words" and standard dictionaries
such as the great Oxford English Dictionary (OED) and Webster's Third

He keeps a list of potential candidates for the site.


"I really try to pick a news event that is likely to show up in
somebody's paper tomorrow as a news story," Johnson told Reuters in an
interview. "Then I
look through words I have and make some sort of free association that

Like using "remugient" (ree-MYOO-gee-unt) to describe the dramatic
rebound in U.S. stocks on Oct. 28 after an equally dramatic decline
the day before.
Johnson's Web site story: "With remugient defiance, the bull market
reappeared Tuesday -- at least for a day -- posting a record gain on
record volume of
1.19 billion shares."

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