In her essay Write Till You Drop, Annie Dillard wrote about a student who had asked a well-known writer, “Do you think I could be a writer?” The author replied, “I don’t know. Do you like sentences?”

I’d go further and ask, “Do you like words?”

I do.

One word that I enjoyed discovering is diktat, defined by The New Oxford American Dictionary as “an order or decree imposed by someone in power without popular consent.”


  • A diktat from the Bundestag
  • He can disband the legislature and rule by diktat.

Best way to burn that word in your memory: Use it to refer to your boss’s instructions. :D

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