A to Z Challenge: J

Finding words that began with J was a little harder than I thought it would be.

Definition: lacking interest or significance or impact.
Sentence: The works called good are dry and jejune, soon consummated, often of questionable value, and leaving behind them when finished a sense of vacuity. 
            — Richard Jefferies

Definition: an extreme bellicose nationalist.
Sentence: And, hell, I'm no jingoist, but surely we can do better in this country than importing our drugs from Mexico, right?
              — Salon (May 25, 2010)

Definition: a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way.
Sentence: Welch transformed GE into a sleek juggernaut that dominated market segments from jet engines and locomotives to finance. 
          — Washington Post (Aug 1, 2010)

Definition: a group of military officers who rule a country after seizing power.
Sentence: The stock soared 10.2% in London after Mali's military junta agreed to reinstate the country's constitution following last month's coup. 
                  — Wall Street Journal (Apr 10, 2012)

Definition: a trip taken by an official at public expense.
Sentence: Mr. Abramoff arranged for junkets, including foreign golfing destinations, for the members of Congress he was trying to influence.
                   — New York Times (Feb 27, 2010)

Okay, that last one I sort of knew.


  1. J is sort of a weird letter--I hate getting it while playing scrabble.

  2. Did you also know that here in England - Junket was a type of dairy pudding often given to invalids to help them regain their strength?

  3. I'm back in the linguistics game: I knew everyone but Jingoist. Now I have to find a place where I can use Jingoist.

  4. Just want to say that your blog and theme this year is absolutely awesome! and Informative ! :D keep up the good work

  5. J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge 2015!
    Great post. I'm following you on your listed social media sites.

    Excellent J words!

  6. Jejune is one of those words that I always have to look up when I'm reading a book on my Kindle. I can never remember exactly what it means!

  7. I didn't know most of the words except for Juggernaut. Pretty cool.


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