Menc·​ken·​ese | \ ¦meŋkə¦nēz, -enk-, -ēs \
plural -s

Definition of Menckenese

: the peculiarly vigorous racy flamboyant and often caustic style characteristic of the journalist Mencken or a style patterned on or resembling that of Mencken difficult to read through a daily paper without finding a feature writer who employs Menckenese— George Mayberry

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History and Etymology for Menckenese

H. L. Mencken †1956 American journalist and satirist + English -ese

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“Menckenese.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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