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Today's Words: Ebullient, Cogent and Buttinsky


(ih-buhl-yuhnt, ih-bool-) Adjective

overflowing with fervour, enthusiasm, or excitement; high-spirited.

More about Ebullient

Ebullient was first recorded in English between 1590–1600.
It comes from a Latin word meaning “boiling up.”

Examples of Ebullient

When the final whistle blew, the stadium erupted into ebullient cheers and applause.

Her ebullient personality always brightened the room.

The candidate’s ebullient speech energized the crowd during the campaign rally.


(koh-juhnt) Adjective

to the point; relevant; pertinent

More about Cogent

It was first recorded in English in 1650–60.
It comes from a Latin word meaning “to drive together, collect, compel.”

Examples of Cogent

The professor presented a cogent argument, backed by extensive research and compelling evidence.

I found her reasoning quite cogent and eventually conceded to her point of view.

The CEO’s cogent explanation of the company’s strategy reassured investors and bolstered their confidence.


(buht-in-skee) Noun

a person who interferes in the affairs of others; meddler.

More about Buttinsky

First recorded in English between 1900–05.

Formed from butt in “intrude” + -sky, a Slavic surname like Stravinsky or Kaminsky.

Examples of Buttinsky

Her younger brother is always such a buttinsky, interfering in everyone’s conversations.

I appreciate your concern, but please don’t be a buttinsky and try to solve my problems for me.

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