denoting pedantic words or expressions used only in academic writing.modifier noun: inkhorn“I will avoid many of the inkhorn terms coined by the narratologists”
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Picture an ancient scribe, pen in hand, a small ink bottle made from an animal’s horn strapped to his belt, ready to record the great events of history. In 14th-century England, such ink bottles were dubbed (not surprisingly) inkhorns. During the Renaissance, learned writers often borrowed words from Latin and Greek, eschewing vulgar English alternatives. But in the 16th century, some scholars argued for the use of native terms over Latinate forms, and a lively intellectual debate over the merits of each began. Those who favored English branded what they considered ostentatious Latinisms “inkhorn terms” after the bottles carried by scholars, and since then we have used inkhorn as an adjective for Latinate or pretentious language.
the process of growth or increase, typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter.”the accretion of sediments in coastal mangroves” · “the growing accretion of central government authority”
accumulation · collecting · gathering · amassing · cumulation · accrual · growth · formation · enlargement · increase · gain · augmentation · rise · mushrooming · snowballing · amassment thing formed or added by gradual growth or increase.” the city has a historic core surrounded by recent accretions” · “about one-third of California was built up by accretions”
addition · extension · growth · appendage · add-on · supplement astronomy the coming together and cohesion of matter under the influence of gravitation to form larger bodies
early 17th century: from Latin accretio(n-), from accrescere ‘become larger’ ( see accrete).
thick, sticky dark syrup made from partly refined sugar; molasses. cloying sentimentality or flattery.” enough of this treacle—let’s get back to business
Middle English (originally denoting an antidote against venom): from Old French triacle, via Latin from Greek thēriakē ‘antidote against venom’, feminine of thēriakos (adjective), from thērion ‘wild beast British
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