Elide: v.
1. To omit or slur over (a syllable, for example) in pronunciation.
2. To strike out (something written).
3. To eliminate or leave out of consideration.
4. To cut short; abridge.

[Joshua] Bell’s a heartthrob. Tall and handsome, he’s got a Donny Osmond-like dose of the cutes, and, onstage, cute elides into hott.

Eponymous: adj.  Of, relating to, or being the person for whom something is believed to be named.

Thus Anna Karenina is called the eponymous heroine of Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina. The term is often extended beyond its strict sense to describe a character who is referred to indirectly (i.e. not by name) in the title of a work: thus Michael Henchard is called the eponymous character of Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Ersatz: Being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one; artificial.

For [John] Bolton, who removed the United States’ signature from the International Criminal Court’s Statute in the early days of the Bush Administration, the battle against international legalization is about nothing less than protecting the United States’ rule of law from encroachment by ersatz multilateral rules.


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