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?
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?
Contumacious is due for a comeback while nebbish definitely peaked in the 1970s.
Once nebbish, forever nebbish.
I have known a person or two fitting all of these descriptions! 😉