Pronunciation /ɛkˈdɪzɪast/
A striptease performer.

1940s from Greek ekdusis ‘shedding’, on the pattern of enthusiast.

She adored her job, ecdysiast.
But Sydney’s dreams would never last,
The years were passing just too fast.
Too soon her dancing days were passed.


Pronunciation /fʌɪˈnansɪə/ /fɪˈnansɪə/
A person concerned in the management of large amounts of money on behalf of governments or other large organizations.

Early 17th century from French, from finance (see finance).


Hamlin Henry, financier
Smiled a lot and had no fear.
His disposition mainly sunny
‘Cause he plays with others’ money.


In front of the screen
From others you glean.
Behind the screen
The creator is keen.

When you begin
It’s fine to take in
While absorbing is fun
Become a creative one.

It is truly my hope
That everyone will grope
And one day be seen
To go through that screen.


Pronunciation /əˈvʌŋkjʊlə/
1 Kind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person.
2 Anthropology Relating to the relationship between men and the children of their siblings.

Mid 19th century from Latin avunculus ‘maternal uncle’, diminutive of avus ‘grandfather’.
(The equivalent word four an aunt is “materteral”)


Tom was decidedly avuncular, especially with his nieces and nephews.

Nieces are nice.
Nephews are nifty.
If you have fifty,
You need to be thrifty.

silhouettes of man walking hand in hand with two young children


Pronunciation /ˈlaʊn(d)ʒi/
1 informal (of a place) conducive to lounging; comfortable.
1.1 Denoting or relating to easy-listening music.


Wearing his headphones, Hal relaxed in a loungey way, listening to smooth jazz before the football game on TV.