The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #59418   Message #1951802
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
29-Jan-07 - 07:15 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
I can think of so many other good ones he should add to that list--I love that list--why stop at 100? More words to set us apart. I have a set of notecards of some of my favorites (and sometimes I refer to the definitions when the impulse strikes to to use one, so I'm sure to get it just right):

ad hominem
a priori
autochthonous (one of my favorites!)
elide. . .etc.

My daughter has borrowed this stack of cards a couple of times, but I've made it clear that she has to leave it here. These are sometimes power words, to really lob the idea home. Other times they're used because the person who will receive the writing likes words like this and they seem to influence grades. So never use them gratuitously, but do use them.