Allison Katz, Cabbage (and Philip) No. 3, 2013 Oil on linen 16 x 20 inches 40.6 x 50.8 cm Courtesy of the artist and Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö, Sweden
ersatz |ˈerˌsäts, -ˌzäts, erˈzäts|
(of a product) made or used as a substitute, typically an inferior one, for something else: ersatz coffee.
• not real or genuine: ersatz emotion.
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from German, literally ‘replacement.’
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a particular way of speaking or using words, esp. a way common to those with a particular job or interest: dated terms that were once in common parlance | medical parlance.
ORIGIN late 16th cent. (denoting speech or debate): from Old French, from parler ‘speak,’ from Latin parabola ‘comparison’ (in late Latin‘speech’).
lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm: a few people were left, dancing in a desultory fashion.
• (of conversation or speech) going constantly from one subject to another in a halfhearted way; unfocused: the desultory conversation faded.
• occurring randomly or occasionally: desultory passengers were appearing.
desultorily |-ˌtôrəlē| adverb.
ORIGIN late 16th cent. (also in the literal sense ‘skipping around’): from Latin desultorius ‘superficial’ (literally ‘relating to a vaulter’), from desultor ‘vaulter,’ from the verb desilire