Greek, 17th century
Randomly determined; having a random probability distribution or pattern that may be analyzed statistically but may not be predicted precisely.
Example: State officials’ response to the ice storm proved they only have stochastic viewpoints.
Swedish, early 19th century
The principle of living a balanced, moderately paced, low-fuss life.
Example: My personal lagom includes reading, writing, eating healthy and not spending too much time on social media.
Latin, 17th century
Form judgments by a process of logic. Reason.
Example: I looked at my financial situation and had to ratiocinate what is most important right now.
Late Middle English
The action of promising; a promise; a document conveying a promise. In civil law, a promise not yet formally accepted, and therefore in certain cases revocable.
Example: I love to hear whatever pollicitation our elected officials spit out during their campaigns.
Hebrew, unknown origin
A state of chaos; utter confusion.
Example: After the tohubohu of this past week, I need some good music and great wine.
Latin, 15th century
The action of looking forward; foresight.
Example: Despite anxiety over this week’s chaos, my prospicience always compels me to be optimistic.
Scottish English, 17th century
A person who is prone to speaking nonsense
Example: I occasionally watch the talking heads on right-wing TV and can only think: what a pathetic blatherskite!
American English, 1830s
To flee. To take off with somebody or something.
Example: As 2020 comes to an end, I only want to absquatulate with my books and writings.
It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.
Latin, mid-16th century
Seeking to emulate someone or something.
Motivated by a spirit of rivalry.
Example: My rationale is emulous of the great thinkers of the ancient world because I don’t spend much time on social media.