n. 1. Dash; verve. 2. A bunch of feathers or a plume, esp. on a helmet.

Celia didn’t eat anything, but sat quietly on one of the couches, handling her martini glass and cigarette with more panache than anything I’d ever seen.

Elizabeth Gilbert, City of Girls


n. 1. The quality or state of being brief in duration. 2. Concise expression; terseness.

When a sentence is made stronger, it usually becomes shorter. Thus, brevity is a by-product of vigor.

William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, The Elements of Style


v. intr. 1. To jostle and push. 2. to work or move rapidly and energetically. 3. To act aggressively, esp. in business dealings.

n. 1. The act or instance of jostling or shoving. 2. Energic activity; drive. 3. slang. An illicit or unethical way of doing business or obtaining money; a fraud or deceipt.


adj. 1. Uncommon; rare. 2. Exquisite; choice. 3. Overrefined; forced. 4. Pretentious; overblown.

58 Gin, like many distilleries, offers gin tuition… She handed each of us a clipboard, on which was a list of twenty-six botanicals. Some of these were fairly mainstream, like pink grapefruit and chamomile; others were more recherch√©, like aniseed and cassia.”

Anthony Lane, “Ginmania,” The New Yorker