We are living in interesting, if not especially novel, times my friends! I suspect more people are reading books than have been in a very long time. I have several going at once, and as many book reviews in draft, so stay tuned.
Ove the past week or so, I’ve been hearing or reading a particular word used more often than I am used to hearing it. Both in podcasts and columns, the word ersatz has been coming up, almost as if it’s trending. I don’t know it’s a trendy word right now, but I like it. Ergo, our word of the week is ersatz.
Ersatz: 1. Being a usually inferior imitation or substitute; artificial: ersatz coffee made of chicory. 2. Not genuine; fake.
I’ll use the word in a sentence:
We live in a culture awash in ersatz experts, activists, and spiritual gurus.
Zeitgeist: The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation.
Let’s use it in a sentence!
The cult of celebrity and social media influence is deeply embedded in the current zeitgeist.
I’m not sure if that’s a great sentence, but it’s all I can come up with at the moment.
Those are the words of the week. So tell me, what do you think of these two words? Do you use them? Do you hear them often?