Over at the Weekly Standard ‘s website, they’ve posted online my column , from this week’s issue, about agenbites —the term I suggest we use for words that sound true of themselves.

Verbose has always struck me as a strangely verbose word,” I note. ” Peppy has that perky, energetic, spry sound it needs. And was there ever a more supercilious word than supercilious ? Or one more lethargic than lethargic ?”

If you’ve got suggestions for more agenbites, send them along, and we’ll post the results.

Articles by Joseph Bottum

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