If you aren’t sure what panegyric, immiscible or Manichaean mean (or if they’re even really English), fear not! Turns out nobody else does either. These literary head-scratchers are among the 50 most obscure words used by the New York Times this year.
Compiled from NYT online articles run between January 1 and July 14, the list ranks the words that readers looked up most often per mention via the Times‘ dictionary function. Panegyric (n. a eulogistic oration or writing) topped the list with 582 look-ups for the single time it was used. [NYTimes Blog]