Archive for the ‘Vocabulary’ Category

Diversifying My Vocabulary!

July 23, 2018

I recently discovered an award-winning Irish crime novelist (Adrian McKinty) and read one of his books (The Cold Cold Ground).  I enjoyed it tremendously and am looking forward to reading more of his books.  During the course of my reading, I ran across numerous “new” words that I had not ever encountered before.  Luckily for me, the author included a glossary in the back of the book to help me understand what these new words meant (Irish, slang).

bairn = baby
bap = head
banjaxed = broken/messed up
bog = toilet
charbanc = bus/motor coach
eejit = idiot
fenian = Catholic (derogatory)
ganch = guy/bloke
Jaffa = Protestant (derogatory)
Kesh/Long Kesh = Maze Prison
kit = clothes
muckers = boys
neb = nose
Old Bill = Police
peeler = policeman
pochle = a mess
Proddy = Protestant
sheugh = ditch
sleekit = sly/crafty
taibhse = spirit (Gaelic)
taig = Catholic (derogatory)
Twelfth of July bonfire = a bonfire celebrating the 1690 Battle of the Boyne
wean = kid

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Who Knew?!

July 19, 2018

Growing up in a household where homemade bread was the norm, I’m quite familiar with the yeasty smell that would permeate the house during the pre-baking process.  However, I was totally unaware of the many other definitions of yeasty.  Now I know.

yeasty

\ uhk-sawr-ee-uh s, –sohr-, uhg-zawr-, -zohr- \, adjective;

1. of, containing, or resembling yeast.
2. frothy; foamy.
3. youthful; exuberant; ebullient.
4. trifling; frivolous.
5. characterized by agitation, excitement, change, etc.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and http://www.dictionary.com.

This Could Be Harmful to Your Health!

July 11, 2018

Today’s word is a very common word attributed to one’s life and/or lifestyle and eating habits.   But this doesn’t mean that you can’t use a different word every now and then.

unhealthy

\ uhn-hel-thee \, adjective;

1. not in a state of good or normal health; in an unsound, weak, or morbid condition.
2. symptomatic of or resulting from bad health
3. not conducive to good health; unhealthful
4. morally bad, harmful, or contaminating
5. dangerous; risky

 

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 Thirty-Six!

July 3, 2018

Here is a word from the Latin vates, meaning “poet; prophet.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“Much to the surprise of Samantha’s ardent admirers, her most important vatic pronouncements, so characteristic of her, went unnoticed until long after her death.”

vatic

\ vat-ik \, adjective;

1.  of, relating to, or characteristic of a prophet.

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

The Doting Husband . . . !

June 27, 2018

I’ve never been married, but I probably would be a most uxorious husband if Ms. right every crosses my path.  I seem to already have a well-ingrained “disease to please” which would play into this type of behavior quite easily.

uxorious

\ uhk-sawr-ee-uh s, –sohr-, uhg-zawr-, -zohr- \, adjective;

 1. doting upon, foolishly fond of, or affectionately submissive toward one’s wife.

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

I Condemn Thee!

June 20, 2018

Today’s word is not quite as common a word as some of my previous posts.  So, your need of additional synonyms to “change things up” may not be quite as critical, but here we go nonetheless.

vituperation

\ vahy-too-puhrey-shuh n, -tyoo-, vi- \, adjective;

1.  verbal abuse or castigation; violent denunciation or condemnation.

 

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 Thirty-Five!

June 13, 2018

Here is a word from the Neo-Latin ventricosis, or the Latin venter, meaning “belly.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“The young physician could only guess at the cause of the patient’s puzzling ventricose symptom, which was giving such discomfort.”

ventricose

\ ven-tri-kohs \, adjective;

1.  swollen, especially on one side or unequally; protuberant.

2.  having a large abdomen.

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

Sweat It Out!

June 6, 2018

I am certainly not the kind of person that requires any form of sudorific inducement.  Any form of activity (rigorous or otherwise), and I perspire freely.

sudorific

\ soo-duhrif-ik \, adjective;

 1. causing sweating.
2. (noun) a drug that induces sweating

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

Woe Is Me!

May 30, 2018

Today’s word seems to have nothing but negative connotations . . . which in my opinion makes this a wretched word (figuratively as well as literally).

wretched

\ rech-id \, adjective;

1. very unfortunate in condition or circumstances; miserable; pitiable.
2. characterized by or attended with misery and sorrow.
3. despicable, contemptible, or mean.
4. poor, sorry, or pitiful; worthless.

 

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 Thirty-Four!

May 23, 2018

Here is a word from the Latin otiosis, meaning “at leisure, unemployed; out of public affairs.”  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate.

“Many of the men and women seen smoking behind the student center are not students at all, but otiose dropouts with nothing better to do.”

“You are wrong to think an action of the kind I have been discussing is otiose, rather than helpful to our cause.”

otiose

\ oh-shee-ohs, oh-tee- \, adjective;

1.  being at leisure; idle; indolent.
2.  ineffective or futile.
3.  superfluous or useless.

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