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Word Nerd Confessions: December


Oops–forgot about November’s word collection. The best solution is to double up. Here we go:

  1. scilicet: to wit, namely

2. doover: a thingamabob; thingamajig

3. unctuous: excessively smooth, suave, or smug

4. dilly: something or someone regarded as remarkable

5. withershins: in a direction contrary to the natural one, especially contrary to the apparent course of the sun or counterclockwise: considered as unlucky or causing disaster.

6. mondegreen: a word or phrase resulting from a mishearing of another word or phrse, especially in a song or poem.

7. bolide: a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes; fireball.

8. egalitarian: asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life.

9. bellicose: inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious.

10. fain: gladly; willingly.

11. whinge: to complain; whine.

12. fomet: instigate.

13. evanescent: vanishing; fading away; fleeting.

14. mirabilia: marvels; miracles.

15. obfuscate: to make obscure or unclear.

16. tome: a book, especially a very heavy, large or learned book.

17. plaudit: an enthusiastic expression of approval.

18. rodomontade: vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk.

19. sinistrality: left-handedness.

20. bight: a bend or curve in the shore of a sea or river.

I am delighted and amazed at the amount of words that are out there that I had no idea existed, but they say so well what needs to be said.

Favorites this round:

whinge–sounds like a combination of wind and whine, for those times when a simple sniffle just won’t do.

mirabilia: amazing wonders need such a word

tome: a big book needs such a term

rodomontade: bragging sounds like something worth bragging about with this word

Found any new favorites?

Word Nerd Confessions: January


Ah, January. Mixed feelings about this calendar month. While I embrace turning the corner into a new year with all that freshness and anticipation that goes with flipping to a new date, I do not embrace how January in our parts is the “definitely winter is here” month. For instance:

Overnight storm compilation. More to come *sigh*

A bit of the doldrums occur in January, what with the cold weather, shorter days, lack of landscape color, and growing stack of assignments to grade as the semester’s close approaches.

SO–

This month’s collection of words calls for amusing, or downright quirky lexicon.

1. pawky: cunning, sly

2. pettifog: to bicker or quibble over insignificant matters

3. jactation: boasting; bragging

4. fecund: creative intellectually

5. appellative: a descriptive name as Reepicheep the Valiant

6. orgulous: haughty; proud

7. remora: hindrance or obstacle

8. fulgrant: flashing like lightning

9. omphaloskepsis: contemplating one’s navel

10. daffing: merriment; playful behavior

Hmm, during the remainder of January I shall endeavor to be pawky in how to approach my doldrums in order to avoid fulgrant irritability that leads to pettifog since an abundance of snow is a remora to becoming fecund.Perhaps I shall become so stoic and earn an appellative name: Cricket the Winter Muse, then again that might entail jactation leading to an orgulous reputation. On the other hand excess winter could cause my resolve to slip into dithering and omphaloskepsis.

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