Words I’ll Probably Never Use in a Sentence

There are some words that I may not use because they are too vulgar. Others I try to avoid because they may offend someone (and I try my best never to offend). And then there are those I won’t touch because I don’t have the gravitas that such words require. Here is a small sample of the many words I can’t get away with saying—or couldn’t utter without giggling:

  1. ersatz
  2. erstwhile
  3. demagoguery
  4. reify
  5. traduce
  6. ipso facto
  7. hegemony
  8. indubitably
  9. titillate
  10. prophylactic (in the general sense of “acting to defend against or prevent something”
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