Archive for the ‘Vocabulary’ Category

Amazing Adjective, Number Twenty-Five!

November 14, 2017

Here is a word possibly from the Middle English knorre, meaning “a knot,” + -ed, an adjectival suffix.  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate,

“Without the knurled edge, neither my wife nor I would ever have been able to open a jar of martini olives.”

knurled

\ nurld \, adjective;

1. having small ridges on the edge or surface; milled.
2. having knurls or knots; gnarled.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

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How Soothing!

November 7, 2017

Getting sick is never fun (especially in the summer) and having a raw or irritated throat can make your life miserable.  So, when I feel the first tickle in my throat, I’m quickly reaching for any demulcent throat lozenge that I can find.

demulcent

\ dih-muhl-suh nt \, adjective;

1.  soothing or mollifying, as a medicinal substance

noun
2.  a demulcent substance or agent, often mucilaginous, as for soothing or protecting an irritated mucous membrane.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com

Amazing Adjectives, Number Twenty-Four!

October 24, 2017

Halloween is only a week away, so here is a word from Middle English hagge, meaning “witch,” + ridden, a combining form meaning “overwhelmed by,” part participle of “to ride.”   As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate,

“My hagridden nights, populated with shrieking witches, are leaving me tormented and unrefreshed, scarcely able to face the demands of a new day.”

hagridden

\ hag-rid-n \, adjective;

1.  worried or tormented, as by a witch.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com

Pretty Ordinary!

October 17, 2017

Having been raised in the country, far from the hustle and bustle of the busier and more frenetic pace of an urban lifestyle, things were very simple and ordinary.   The demotic stories of my childhood are simple when compared to some of the older literary masterpieces that are told in a stiff and higher-flowing style.

demotic

\ dih-mot-ik \, adjective;

1.  of or relating to the ordinary, everyday, current form of a language; vernacular.

2.  of or relating to the common people; popular.
3.  of, relating to, or noting the simplified form of hieratic writing used in ancient Egypt between 700 b.c. and a.d. 500.

noun
4.  demotic script.
5.  (initial capital letter). Also called Romaic.   The Modern Greek vernacular (distinguished from Katharevusa ).

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com

Close to “Ideal!”

October 10, 2017

The word ideal is a common enough a word that it probably does not require a definition.  However, according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, there are a few other synonyms or variants (see below) that could be used when discussing the topic of ideal.  Enjoy!

ideal

\ ahy-deeuh l, ahy-deel \,

noun
1. a conception of something in its perfection.
2. a standard of perfection or excellence.
3. a person or thing conceived as embodying such a conception or conforming to such a
standard, and taken as a model for imitation.
4. an ultimate object or aim of endeavor, especially one of high or noble character.
5. something that exists only in the imagination.
6. Mathematics. a subring of a ring, any element of which when multiplied by any
element of the ring results in an element of the subring.

adjective
7. conceived as constituting a standard of perfection or excellence.
8. regarded as perfect of its kind.
9. existing only in the imagination; not real or actual.
10. advantageous; excellent; best.
11. based upon an ideal or ideals.
12. Philosophy.  pertaining to a possible state of affairs considered as highly desirable, or pertaining to or of the nature ofidealism.
Other words you may consider using (depending on your context/usage, of course):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich. Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Amazing Adjectives, Number Twenty-Three!

October 3, 2017

Here is a colloquial word for which the exact origin is unknown.  It could quite probably be a euphemism for buggered.  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate,

“After the disappointing news, the poor man spat out ‘I’ll be jiggered,’ and fell silent, apparently feeling better because he ha taken a load off his mind.”

jiggered

\ jig-erd \, adjective;

1.  confounded; damned

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Sorry for the Delay!

September 26, 2017

Today’s word speaks volumes to the lack of timeliness on the part of so many people these days.  Having been raised to always arrive at appointments a little bit early, I guess one of my pet peeves would be having to wait on those who were not similarly raised.

As an avid movie-goer myself, I can sometimes become a bit peeved at the cunctation of other movie-goers because it can disrupt the film.

cunctation

\ kuhngk-tey-shuh n \, noun;

1.   delay; tardiness.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com

Brilliance!

September 19, 2017

“In addition to its brilliance, vermilion is a pigment of great intensity and durability.” (www.dictionary.com)

brilliance

\ bril-yuh ns \, noun;

1.  great brightness; luster
2.  excellence or distinction; conspicuous talent, mental ability, etc.
3.  splendor, elegance, or magnificence

4.  Optics. that luminance of a body consisting of its saturation and brightness.
But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some other options to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.  Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

Amazing Adjectives, Number Twenty-Two!

September 12, 2017

Here is a word from the Latin idoneous, meaning “fit, proper, suitable.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate,

“On the basis of their idoneous qualifications, all three finalists were given four-month appointments as summer interns to determine how they would respond to the demands of the working environment.”

idoneous

\ ahy-doh-nee-uh s \, adjective;

  1.  appropriate; fit; suitable; apt.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Okay, That’s Settled Then!

September 5, 2017

I have never had the occasion to use this word previously, and I certainly never would have guessed to put the stress on the second syllable (when pronouncing), but alas. I have experienced a short quietus several years ago, when I was finishing up my law enforcement career, but before I had begun my academic librarian career.

quietus

\ kwahy-ee-tuh s \, noun;

1.  a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles
2.  discharge or release from life
3.  a period of retirement or inactivity

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com