1. Mellifluous – Another in the series of “words that actually sound like what they mean”.
2. Grok – It’s been around since 1961 or so when that guy wrote that book about that thing, but lately I hear it used byweb 2.0types to relay a deep knowledge of an issue or program. It’s a neat word, and I tried to actually use it in a sentance on someone but I ended up feeling like a complete tool the moment it came out of my mouth. Caveat utilitor here big time.
3. Ergo – Just say “therefore”, will ya? That’s what you mean anyway, before you tried to get all Latin on us. Ergo’s place in pop culture is safe now that it was used, not once but twice, in the Matrix scene where Colonel Sanders tries to explain to Neo that he is the keymaster of a world that resembles a Berzerk video game maze run by Gozer The Gozerian – or something like that.
5. Tie – Irregardless / Acoustical – Bands do NOT have “acoustical performances”, they “perform acoustic”. Irregardless is the “bastard multi-species human-fly monster crying ‘kill me’” hybrid of irrespective and regardless. If you say either of these words out loud 3 times while looking into a mirror, Noah Webster will appear and shoot you in the face with a cross bow.