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Top 10 hardest and easiest spelling words, September 16-22

Here are the meanings of the 10 most difficult words that were also used in Times articles.

1. nonnity — the status of nun:

“I felt like Genji’s wives were complete fools – always abandoned for someone new, waiting in vain for him to come back. I couldn’t relate to them at all. Then I found out that at a certain point, they broke away from Genji and became nuns. For them, nonnity was a declaration of independence. That’s what got me hooked. Setouchi Jakucho takes Japan back 1,000 years (January 23, 1999)

2. monomania — excessive concentration on one thing:

Jacobs’ love of puzzles is contagious and it’s not hard to see why. People who do puzzles attract us with their monomania. “I love people who are passionate about something,” Jacobs notes, “even if that passion may seem silly to others.” What’s a six-letter word for fanatical devotion to problem-solving? (April 26, 2022)

3. collar barrel — an Irish dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage:

And then, for St. Patrick’s Day, you can pair corned beef and cabbage or Irish tacos with Melissa Clark’s amazing new recipe for a crispy casserole inspired by collar barrel. What a party ! What to cook this week (March 12, 2023)

4. callaloo — a leafy green, or a West Indian soup or stew:

The festivities began at Jerk N’ Jive Caribbean Kitchen in Frederick, where guests enjoyed jerk salmon and callaloo. The couple jumped the broom as part of the ceremony to “honor our ancestors and our African-American heritage,” Mr. Bates said. After several years of dating, skipping the broom “felt right” (August 18, 2023)

5. cesspool — an opening at the end of the digestive tract, present in many animals:

At first glance, sea cucumbers look as slow and harmless as they come. But if you attack it the other way around, it might just trigger a horrible defense: expelling its internal organs through its body. cesspool to entangle enemies. — Which animal best embodies 2020? (December 23, 2020)

6. tit — one of the many little birds that frequently elude Spelling Bee players:

The Audubon Society would file suit to defend tit virility. But such is the state of Massenet’s reputation, I doubt many discerning opera lovers will rush to defend him. They have been shamed for too long. — Musical view: Massenet – minor but significant (August 3, 1986)

7. pinniped — a large carnivore with webbed feet, such as a seal, a sea lion or a walrus:

Researchers had already discovered the capacity for vocal learning in species other than humans, notably in songbirds, hummingbirds, parrots, cetaceans such as dolphins and whales, pinnipeds like seals, elephants and bats. — Animals speak. What does it mean? (September 20, 2023)

8. nap — kidnap a dog:

When Twilly catches the driver littering again, he invades his house and naps his big black Labrador, Boodle, whom he renames McGuinn in honor of his favorite musician. Lots of Bad-Mooded Floridians and One Good-Mooded Dog (January 6, 2000)

9. sabir — a simplified language used when people do not have a common language with which to communicate:

The country’s unofficial motto, “Naija no dey carry last” — sabir English for “Nigerians never come last” – speaks to their dynamism and creativity, visible in the booming technology sector, the Nollywood film industry and the global music phenomenon that is Afrobeats. After 8 lost years, elections widely open in the giant of Africa (February 25, 2023)

ten. novation — the replacement of one contract or part by another:

For an undisclosed amount, Barclays is essentially leasing its better credit rating to AIG to allow the insurer to remain a participant in these currently lucrative interest rate swaps. Barclays declined to comment on its deal with AIG, known as a “novation” in the world of derivatives, Reuters said. Barclays should help AIG with its derivatives operations (February 5, 2010)

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