PUGNACIOUS Adjective PRONOUNCED: pəɡˈnāSHəs MEANING eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight IN A SENTENCE: Donald Trump is known for his moxie and pugnacious rhetoric.
STERN adjective PRONOUNCED: stərn MEANING: serious and unrelenting, especially in the assertion of authority and exercise of discipline. IN A SENTENCE: “The employers looked stern as they cut their workers’ wages.”
IRK verb PRONOUNCED: ərk MEANING: To irritate; annoy IN A SENTENCE: “The presidential candidate’s stance on unions irks me”
HAGGARD adjective PRONOUNCED: ˈhaɡərd MEANING: having a gaunt, wasted, or exhausted appearance, as from prolonged suffering, exertion, or anxiety; worn IN A SENTENCE: “Before the labor movement brought us the weekend, haggard workers could be seen everywhere. Scott Walker looks pretty haggard today after a late night spent ruining the middle class.”
GLYPH noun PRONOUNCED: ɡlif MEANING: a hieroglyphic character or symbol; a pictograph IN A SENTENCE: “Don Cherry and Craig Sager’s wardrobes contain many glyphs”
TERTIARY adjective PRONOUNCED: ter·ti·ar·y MEANING: third in order or level IN A SENTENCE: “Most of the enterprises were of tertiary importance”