Among other things, I collect words. New, unusual, or uncommon. Used, broken, or left out on the curb. Words that do more than say- words that describe. This week I wrote down words that I found intriguing, novel, and/or needed a refresher on. They are as follows:
pedantic: (adj.) 1. ostentatious in one’s learning 2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.
ubiquitous: (adj.) 1. existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent
mutability: (adj.) 1. liable or subject to change or alteration 2. given to changing; constantly changing; fickle or inconstant
quotidian: (adj.) 1. daily 2. usual or customary; everyday 3. ordinary; commonplace
querulous: (adj.) 1. full of complaints; complaining 2. characterized by or uttered in complaint; peevish
unguent: (n.) 1. a less common name for ointment
diatribe (n.) 1. a bitter or violent criticism or attack; denunciation
Whether you knew these words already or not, it doesn’t hurt to review. One of the things I love about the English language is its seemingly bottomless spring of new words to discover. (Of course, if you can’t find a word that’s rambasclerous enough for you, you can always make one up.) ‘Tis a beautiful thing discovering new words.
If making up words from scratch isn’t quite your style, you can tweak a well-established word. Some of my favorites include, but are not limited to:
A while back I wrote a poem which was and is complete and utter nonsense. I believe it originated from a confused thought about the story of Chicken Little and the sky falling. I twisted words to make them rhyme, and the effect was rather entertaining. (This one is definitely best read aloud.) And yes, the word is peoples-es (like peoples’s).
Crispy or Grilled?
It’s raining like the Dickens.
The sky is full of chickens.
They squawk and they cry.
As they fall from the sky,
The peopleses faces are strickens,
Dodging plummeting chickens’ kickens.
If I had a big pot,
I’d catch me the lot,
And my fingerses I would be lickens.
Do you have any favorite made-up words?
How about any words you discovered this week?
If not, why not?
The world is full of words to be collected if you but keep you eyes and ears open.