Each week, The Sun's John McIntyre presents a moderately obscure but evocative word with which you may not be familiar — another brick to add to the wall of your working vocabulary. Use it in a sentence in a comment on his blog, You Don't Say, and the best sentence will be featured next week. This week's word:
As the deliberations of the Senate and House of Representatives of the 111th Congress begin to face, mercifully, from memory, you will probably retain some sense of having listened to rodomontade. This word, originally meaning braggadocio or arrogant boasting, has enlarged its sense to include inflated talk, blustering and ranting.
It comes to us from an eponym, Rodomonte, the boastful Saracen in Ariosto's Orlando Furioso of 1532. I prefer the pronunciation rohd-uh-mon-TAHD, which is closer to the Italian original, but the dictionaries tell me that rahd-uh-man-TADE is common. Pick one and stick with it.