Archive for the ‘Vocabulary’ Category

Quite the Bombast!

February 7, 2017

How many times have you attended a conference or event expecting to hear a stimulating speaker only to be disappointed by discovering he is nothing more than a magniloquent bore?  Far too often, I’m afraid.  Alas.

magniloquent

\ mag-niluh-kwuh nt \, adjective;

  1.  speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful.

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

Some Puns Are Intended!

January 31, 2017

I’ve long used paronomasia as a form of humor which has elicited many a groan over the years.

paronomasia

\ par-uh-noh-mey-zhuh, -zhee-uh, -zee-uh \, noun;

Rhetoric
1.  the use of a word in different senses or the use of words similar in sound to achieve a specific effect, as humor or a dual meaning; punning
2.  a pun

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

Why Just Say ‘Evil’. . . ?!

January 24, 2017

. . . when there are so many other words that could be used instead (and for variety).

evil

\ ee-vuh l \, adjective;

According to http://www.dictionary.com, evil is defined as:

1.  morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked
2.  harmful; injurious 
3.  characterized or accompanied by misfortune or suffering; unfortunate;disastrous

4.  due to actual or imputed bad conduct or character
5.  marked by anger, irritability, irascibility, etc.

noun
6.  that which is evil; evil quality, intention, or conduct
7.  the force in nature that governs and gives rise to wickedness and sin.
8.  the wicked or immoral part of someone or something 
9.  harm; mischief; misfortune  
10.  anything causing injury or harm  
11.  a harmful aspect, effect, or consequence  
12.  a disease, as king’s evil

adverb
13.  in an evil manner; badly; ill  

Idioms
14. the evil one, the devil; Satan
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.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Eleven!

January 17, 2017

Why is it that we always want or covet that which we don’t have?  An amazing conundrum for sure.  I have never had ulotrichous hair, but I certainly have been a bit envious of those that do (from time to time).   Then I think about the time it must take to manage and/or care for such hair and revert back to counting my blessings.

ulotrichous

\ yoo-lo-tri-kuh s \, adjective;

1.  belonging to a group of people having woolly or crisply curly hair.

Let’s Collaborate!

January 10, 2017

Before computers, collaboration used to take a much longer time as hard copies of documents traveled from one collaborator to the next with a host of useful variorum commentary.  The speedy gathering of collaborators’ notes has certainly been facilitated through the use of wikis and Google docs.

variorum

\ vair-ee-awruh m, –ohr– \, adjective;

  1. containing different versions of the text by various editors.
  2. containing many notes and commentaries by a number of scholars or critics.

noun;

      1. a variorum edition or text.

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

Amazing Adjectives, Number Ten!

December 26, 2016

“In less than an hour fire had reduced the shed and its contents to a cinereous residue” (source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjective for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich).  This word originates from the Latin cinereus meaning “ash-colored.” Has also been depicted as cineritious (sin-uhrishuh-s).

cinereous

\si-neer-ee-uh s \, adjective;

1.  in the state of or reduced to ashes
2.  resembling ashes
3.  ashen; ash-colored; grayish
Related words: cinerarium (noun) and cinerary (adjective).
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjective for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich)

Sought After!

December 19, 2016

I was never shy to talk about my career path (from police officer to librarian) and how I was able to build a library from scratch.  This was more than enough to make me recherché among my librarian peers.

recherché

\ ruh-shair-shey, ruhshair-shey; French ruh-shershey \, adjective;

1.  sought out with care.
2.  very rare, exotic, or choice; arcane; obscure.
3.  of studied refinement or elegance; precious; affected; pretentious.
Source: http://www.dictionary.com and The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literateby Eugene Ehrlich.

You Say “Vestibule . . . !”

December 12, 2016

But there are so many other words that could be used instead.

vestibule

ves-tuh-byool \, noun;

According to http://www.dictionary.com, a vestibule is defined as:

1. a passage, hall, or antechamber between the outer door and the interior parts of a house or building.
2. Railroads. an enclosed space at the end of a passenger car, serving as a sheltered entrance to the car from another car or from outside the train.
3. Anatomy, Zoology. any of various cavities or hollows regarded as forming an approach or entrance to another cavity or space, as that of the internal ear.
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.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Nine!

December 5, 2016

I remember first encountering this word while reading a book (unfortunately, I don’t remember which book).  And while I should have been able to figure out the meaning just from context, I looked it up nonetheless.  “About all he remembered of the lovely woman were her dark amygdaline eyes . . . ”

amygdaline

uhmig-duh-lin, -lahyn \, adjective;

 1.  of, relating to, or resembling an almond.

This word is from the Latin amygdalinus  and the Greek amygdálinos, menaing “of almonds.”

Some related adjectives include: amygdaloid, amygdalate, amygdaliform, and amygdalaceous.

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

Things Are Getting Cloudy!

November 28, 2016

Here in Oklahoma, especially during tornado season, I have witnessed many a storm that obnubilates the sky.

obnubilate

\ ob-noo-buh-leyt, –nyoo– \, noun;

 1.  to cloud over; becloud; obscure.

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