Pam Webb

a writer's journey as a reader

Word Nerd: People


Terms of endearment, character labels, designations of gathering are all part of this month’s offering.

avuncular: acting like an uncle, as in being kind, patient, generous, etc., especially to younger people. Is there an auntie version? avauntcular?

macushla: darling

this would have been handy back in February

bibliophile: a bookseller, especially a dealer in rare or used books.

vicinage: a particular neighborhood or district, or the people belonging to it.

nebbish: a pitifully ineffectual, luckless, and timid person.

kith: acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in the same general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group.

contumacious: stubbornly perverse or rebellious; willfully and obstinately disobedient.

Questions to ponder:

Is is possible to be a nebbish kith?

Have you known a contumacious bibliophile?

Are there any avuncular folk in your speed dial?

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3 thoughts on “Word Nerd: People

  1. Contumacious is due for a comeback while nebbish definitely peaked in the 1970s.

  2. I have known a person or two fitting all of these descriptions! 😉

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