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This week's theme: Words related to repartee
rejoinder (ri-JOIN-duhr) noun
1. A sharp reply; retort.
From Middle French rejoindre (to rejoin), from re- + joindre (to join), from Latin iungere. Ultimately from Indo-European root yeug- (to join), that is also the root of yoga, yoke, junction, jugular, junta, and adjust.
"But in a quick rejoinder, Chiaba, who is a Kanu life member, dismissed
the officials as 'busybodies who are serving their masters in Nairobi'."
As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate, action: you liberate a city by destroying it. Words are to confuse, so that at election time people will solemnly vote against their own interests. -Gore Vidal, writer (1925- )