I love words. Absolutely LOVE them! So here’s a list of a few of my favorites (emphasis on few), along with a brief, sometimes Rachelized definition.
- macabre – gruesome or horrifying, often used in reference to death
- lugubrious – gloomy or dismal, especially in an exaggerated manner; frequently used in reference to my mood every time a new James Patterson book comes in
- morose – gloomy or ill-humored, used in reference to a person’s mood (extra: apparently “supermorose” is also a word)
- myriad – ten thousand or, when used correctly, innumerable; often used as hyperbole
- snuggery – it is as it sounds: a cozy, snug room. i.e. I hide in a snuggery with a good book when the weather is lugubrious. (Ha! a double whammy!)
- obsequious – dutiful or compliant; showing servile complaisance, sometimes to the point of fawning
- borborygmus – a rumbling or gurgling noise in the intestines (I can never remember this one. I had to look it up)
- fork – a four-tined utensil used for eating (if you haven’t seen the play “The Foreigner,” I highly recommend it. It would also explain why I love this word)
- phenomenon – something or someone that is impressive or extraordinary (Muppets Tonight, anyone?)
- philology – the study of linguistics or the written word; also archaically the love of the same
Learn a new word? Comment below! Tell me some of your favorites, too!
There are millions of words currently in the English language, and in this age of cyberspace, medicine, and slang, more are added every day. English is a living language; grammar and words are constantly adapting. To quote something I once saw on facebook: English doesn’t borrow from other languages. It mugs them and roots through their pockets for spare words and loose grammar.