Eclaircize

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Eclair’cize, v. to explain or clear up.

Word in the Wild: We won’t be able to get this labour dispute resolved until we eclaircize the myths surrounding hiring and layoff policies.

Though it sounds a little like what a patisserie might be able to do to your breakfast (mmm), this rarely used word shares its meaning with the much more common clarify. I think I’ll make a point of using this word at least once today: it’s fun to talk the path less travelled, and—who knows?—maybe a subliminally influenced coworker will bring some pastries back from lunch.

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