Posts Tagged ‘Vocabulary’

Let’s Dam It!

May 23, 2017

 

A collection of small sticks and/or branches strategically placed in the stream is all that is required to create a weir to catch fish without a rod or reel.

weir

\ weer \, noun;

1.  a small dam in a river or stream.
2.  a fence, as of brush or narrow boards, or a net set in a stream,channel, etc., for catching fish.

 

Rambling!

May 16, 2017

I can certainly ramble with the best of them (as in definition #4 below), but according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, there are many more options for words (see below) that I could use to further extend my vocabulary and offer some variety in my usage.  Enjoy!

rambling

\ ram-bling \, adjective;

1.  aimlessly wandering
2.  taking an irregular course; straggling

3.  spread out irregularly in various directions
4.  straying from one subject to another; desultory

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

Amazing Adjectives, Number Sixteen!

May 9, 2017

Here is another word that I have never actually run across in any book I have read to date, but you just never know when you will encounter a new word or two.  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate,

“I will never again buy a house that is cursed with a declivitous driveway, no matter how attractive the price.”

declivitous

\ dih-kliv-i-tuh s \, adjective;

 1.  having a somewhat steep downward slope.

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

A Shrewish Wife!

May 3, 2017

When one thinks of a quarrelsome or nagging wife, one name (word) immediately comes to mind . . . Shakespeare was wise to use the word “shrew” instead (The Taming of the Shrew).

Xanthippe or Xantippe

\ zan-tip-ee \, noun;

  1. the wife of Socrates
  2. a scolding or ill-tempered wife; a shrewish woman

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

Permeate!

April 25, 2017

While I like this word and use it on occasion, I am certainly open to using some of the synonyms below (when appropriate).  Even as these words are considered synonyms, there are always slight variations of meaning depending upon how they are used.  So, by all means, add some of these other words to your vocabulary, but don’t necessarily discard permeate completely.

permeate

\ pur-mee-eyt \, noun;

1.  to pass into or through every part of
2.  to penetrate through the pores, interstices, etc., of

3.  to be diffused through; pervade; saturate


verb
(used without object)
, permeated, permeating.
4.  to become diffused; penetrate

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 Fifteen!

April 18, 2017

I have never actually run across this word in any book I have read to date, but you just never know when you will encounter a new word or two.  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate,

“Even in complex societies, matters of everyday life are often subject to regulation by consuetudinary law.”

consuetudinary

\ kon-swi-tood-n-er-ee, –tyood \, adjective;

 1.  customary; traditional

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

Repudiate or Request Earnestly?!

April 11, 2017

Here are a couple of uncommon words that, while similarly spelled, mean totally different things.  For example (from The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate): “My attorney advised me to abjure any further action that could be construed as harassment of my ex-wife,” and “The judge testily adjured the witness to speak before the jury only in response to questions put to her by her attorneys.”

abjure

\ ab-joo r, jur \, verb;

1.  to renounce, repudiate, or retract, especially with formal solemnity; recant
2.  to renounce or give up under oath; forswear
3.  to avoid or shun.
While . . .

adjure

uhjoo r \, verb
1.  to charge, bind, or command earnestly and solemnly, often under oath or the threat of a penalty.
2.  to entreat or request earnestly or solemnly.
Source: http://www.dictionary.com, and The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Fourteen!

March 28, 2017
Sometimes you run across words that are highly descriptive!  Here’s one that takes us back to Bacchanalian orgies.   Per The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate, “A Supreme Court justice is reputed to have said of ithyphallic writing, ‘I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it.'”

ithyphallic

\ ith-uhfal-ik \, adjective;
1. of or relating to the phallus carried in ancient festivals of Bacchus.
2. grossly indecent; obscene.
3. (Classical Prosody). noting or pertaining to any of several meters employed in hymns sung in Bacchic processions.

noun;
4. a poem in ithyphallic meter.
5. an indecent poem.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Strongly!

March 21, 2017

I can think of many examples of voices that could be described as orotund.  Military, police, actors (stage especially), radio announcers, politicians, etc. (to name just a few). “He pitched his orotund voice upon me as if he were giving a command in gale at sea.”  From: A Republic Without a President and Other Stories by Herbert Ward.

orotund

\ awruh-tuhnd, ohr– \, adjective;

1. (of the voice or speech) characterized by strength, fullness, richness,and clearness.
2. (of a style of speaking) pompous or bombastic.

Excrement!

March 14, 2017

I’m going to assume that we all know or are familiar with some of the slang words for excrement (shit, crap, turd, dung, etc.).  However, were you aware of these other useful synonyms that you might just find occasion to use?

excrement

\ ek-skruh-muh nt \, noun;

1. waste matter discharged from the body, especially feces.

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.