Favorite Word – 26 February 2022

Ages ago, I read a book by Philip K. Dick entitled Ubik. Great story; it will twist your mind into knots! Highly recommended!

It also taught me this fantastic word:

ubiquitous

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I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. πŸ™‚


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,Β  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

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Favorite Word – 19 February 2022

I hadn’t thought of this lovely word in several years, until rereading a novel by Lois McMaster Bujold a few weeks ago.
So here ya go!

adduce

adduce

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I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. πŸ™‚


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,Β  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 12 February 2022

The reason that this week’s word is a favorite might seem a bit…strange. It’s because of embarrassment. Like many readers, I often don’t know how to pronounce a word I have learned through reading.

So it is with this word.

dishevel

My pronunciation seemed to make sense to me. We have dis-hearten, dis-honor, dis-harmony, so it should be dis-hevel, right? Well, at least when you’re a kid.
But nooooo.
It’s di-shevel.

GQ_JustNotFair

Do you know how long it took before my brain could remap itself?
I’ll let you know.

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(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. πŸ˜‰)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. πŸ™‚


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,Β  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 5 February 2022

You wouldn’t think this would be one of my favorite words, although you might well ask what makes a word a favorite word.

Good question. Sometimes it’s the meaning or maybe the scrumptiousness of the word’s sound as it rolls over my tongue.
Sometimes it’s something as fun as finding out it’s not as well known a word as I thought, which makes it stand out to me.

Today’s word falls into that category. I had no idea until I used this in stories and had folks come back and ask what it was that perhaps it wasn’t quite as well known as I thought.

settee

I looked for a photo, but there are so many differentΒ kinds that it was hard to choose, but finally I picked one:

settee

If you enjoy looking at furniture styles, you can see sooo many different types of settees. Just type settee into a search engine, go to images, and have fun!

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(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. πŸ˜‰)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. πŸ™‚


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,Β  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 29 January 2022

I am the exact opposite of this week’s word. I wish I weren’t, but there you go. I haven’t the energy or desire to read, write, game, or even sleep. Isn’t that fun?
So anyway, what’s the opposite of all that?

indefatigable

(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. πŸ˜‰)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. πŸ™‚


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,Β  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 22 January 2022

This lovely word I’ve known for years, but when I hear it or use it, I always think of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Memory.

Lady Alys, discussing Emperor Gregor’s love interest, whom Miles had mentally called zaftig in an earlier scene:

“Look at Dr. Toscane’s figure. It’s . . . maternal. Not a bone in sight anywhere. All that time I wasted herding tall, slender beauties past him, when I should have been rounding up short, plump beauties. I could cry.” She ate a decisive bite of cream cake, instead.

πŸ˜‚

zaftig

(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. πŸ˜‰)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. πŸ™‚


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,Β  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 15 January 2022

Today is the perfect day for this week’s Favorite Word. I’m not sharing why, but take my word for it: it is.

And I came across a comic that fits today’s word, too. It made me laugh out loud, so with the hope that it gives you a giggle, here’s this week’s word and the comic:

senescence

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I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. πŸ™‚


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,Β  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 8 January 2022

I recently used this week’s word several times in referring to a troublesome trio that gave me headaches. Fortunately, the people I had been talking to about the situation either knew the word or got it from context, so I didn’t have to play dictionary. πŸ™‚

triumvirate

(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. πŸ˜‰)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. πŸ™‚


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 1 January 2022

I learned today’s word years ago from The Lord of the Rings.

It’s a simple word and so lovely, but I cannot say I’ve heard it used outside of literature.

eyotΒ  (also called an ait)

And since I learned the word from Prof. Tolkien’s work, I thought it would be nice to share a screenshot of a couple of lovely eyots from the game The Lord of the Rings Online:

Eyot1

(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. πŸ˜‰)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. πŸ™‚


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,Β  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎

Favorite Word – 25 December 2021

Merry Christmas!

Today’s word is a treatβ€”a present, perhaps. Learning it was a pleasant surprise to me, anyway.

We all have heard paraprosdokians, but how many of us realized there was a word to actually define them?

Winston Churchill, Groucho Marx, Henny Youngman, and even Artistotle are credited with using them!

Learn something new every day, eh?

(Warning: if you are hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobic, you may wish to avoid these posts. πŸ˜‰)


I love learning new words myself, which is why I do My Favorite Words, and I don’t really get any feedback, but truly I’d love to know if you know the words I share, or if you’ve learned a new word. πŸ™‚


I began reading at a young age, thanks to parents who read to me and provided me with books. And fortunately,Β  the local library indulged my addiction, even allowing me to take out books “above my grade level.” So it’s no surprise that my stories might have a few “big words.” I don’t consciously try to use bombastic vocabulary (by the way, I learned bombastic from a comic book, thankyouverymuch), but if a word fits the situation or conversation, I’ll use it.

If you haven’t yet read any of my books and are curious about the vocabulary therein, check out either of my series:

Deuces Wild (space opera)

The Sword’s Edge Chronicles (epic science fantasy)

😎