Tuesday, November 20, 2012

word girl

I am always incredibly impressed when someone uses a fancy word...it's an unexpected breath of fresh air (rather, wisp of intellectual jargon). The other evening I was quite shocked, in the best way possible, when a friend of mine used juxtapose in a comment. It's one thing if you are an english major...but for an economics major to nonchalantly throw such a word in conversation, well I thought it was simply wonderful. 
I always encourage individuals to expand their vocabulary. If it's extracting curse words from one's lexicon or looking up new words that one might come across from their reading material; I encourage the pursuit of sophisticated vocabulary!

The site, Everygirl has a series called: Using Fancy Words. 
Below are a collection of their fancy words.
Why don't you try adding some of these words to your vocabulary:

dither-to act irresolutely. indecisive
supercilious-behaving as if one is superior
opine-to state as one's opinion
visceral-inward, deep-rooted feeling
masticate-chew, chomp
dalliance-trifling away of time, dawdling; flirting
quotidian-daily, usual or customary; everyday
insouciant-free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree
self-effacing-not drawing attention to oneself; modest
picayune-of little value or account; small; trifling
risible-causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous
parvenu-someone who has recently acquired wealth or importance but has not yet developed
 the appropriate manners
usurious-charging illegal or exorbitant rates of interest for the use of money
blandishment-something that flatters or coaxes
innocuous-not harmful
fruition-attainment of anything desired; realization; accomplishment
libation-a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a deity
ubiquitous-existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time
chimerical-highly unrealistic; wildly fanciful
pithy-brief or forceful
euphemism-nice way of saying something unpleasant
loquacious-talkative, babbling
osculation-a kiss
resplendent-having a splendid appearance
pedantic-ostentatious in one's learning
compendium-a summary or account of a subject

And here is to always striving to learn something new, toodles!

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