Friday, February 28, 2014

The Most Awkward Word of 2013: Sequestration

Chosen from the Global Language Monitor's 14th Annual Survey of Global English. Sequestration became popular in 2013 due to its association with hotly debated automatic federal budget cuts.

Definition: (from
1. removal or separation; banishment or exile
2. a withdrawal into seclusion; retirement
3. law
a. the sequestering of property
b. confiscation or seizure
4. chemistry. the combining of metallic ions with a suitable reagent into a stable, soluble complex in order to prevent the ions from combining with a substance with which they would otherwise have formed an insoluble precipitate, from causing interference in a particular reaction, or from acting as undesirable catalysts

"After chewing on her owner's shoes the puppy faced sequestration to the backyard."
"When the waitress was asked to clean up an accident in the bathroom, she decided it was time for sequestration from her job."

Origin: (from
"c.1400, from Late Latin sequestrationem (nominative sequestratio) 'a depositing,' noun of action from past participle stem of Latin sequestrare (see sequester)."

Awkwardness rating: 6

I contest my sequestration with these sad puppy eyes. (


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