Entry: apical (adj.)
In context: "No major-sport player had ever even orbited in close enough to hear the elisions and apical lapses of a mid-Southern accent in her oddly flat but resonant voice that sounded like someone enunciating very carefully inside a soundproof enclosure."
Definition: 2. Phonetics. Pertaining to articulation with, or sounds made by, the tip of the tongue. Hence as n., an apical sound.
Other: And the a- words continue!
SNOOT score: 1
Source: Oxford English Dictionary