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panacea
n. a cure-all, universal antidote, remedy for all diseases and difficulties
ephemeral
adj. short-lived, passing, fleeting, lasting for a short time
onerous
adj. burdensome, troublesome, oppressive, hard to bear, difficult to accomplish or endure
laity
n. nonprofessionals, laypeople collectively, all the people outside of a given profession or specialized field
pungent
adj. sharp, penetrating, biting, acrid, caustic
prosaic
adj. dull, ordinary, uninteresting, unimaginative.
charlatan
n. a fake, quack, impostor, fraud, humbug; specifically, a person who pretends to have a special skill or knowledge
perfunctory
adj. mechanical, routine, listless, done merely as a duty, performed in an indifferent, halfhearted, superficial, and often careless way, without interest or enthusiasm
morass
n. literally, a swamp, marsh, bog; figuratively, something that traps, confines, or confuses, a sticky situation or troublesome state of affairs
sophistry
n. deceptive reasoning, subtle and misleading argument