Word + Quiz: vaunt

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Word + Quiz: vaunt

verb: show off

noun: extravagant self-praise

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The word vaunt has appeared in nine articles on NYTimes.com in the past 10 years, including on Jan. 13, 2013, in “Avoiding Loan-Modification Hoaxes” by Lisa Prevost:

Homeowners wary of being taken in by bogus “loan modification specialists” should not assume that a law office is the safest conduit to their lender. Consumer advocates say a growing number of fraudulent modification services involve lawyers, or people who say they are lawyers.

Increasingly, lawyers are lending “their names, their offices, their credentials” to fraudulent operations that vaunt superior skills in obtaining loan modifications, said Linda Mullenbach, a senior counsel at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington.

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