rejoinder ri-ˈjȯin-dər noun
1. a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
2. (law) a pleading made by a defendant in response to the plaintiff’s replication
The word rejoinder has appeared in 51 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on July 1 in “Taylor Swift’s Feud With Scooter Braun Spotlights Musicians’ Struggles to Own Their Work” by Ben Sisario and Joe Coscarelli:
Now we can add Taylor Swift to the chorus of artists who have bemoaned that their creative work is someone else’s property, as she once again used her social-media megaphone to stir debate about the inner workings of the music industry.
… “This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept,” Swift wrote, in a jab at Big Machine’s founder, Scott Borchetta.
Hours later, Borchetta posted a rejoinder, including a snippet of a deal proposal, that suggested that Swift could have earned her recording rights back had she renewed with Big Machine last year. Instead, she signed with Universal …