WU member since Oct. 2005. I enjoy reading, crafts, crosswords, puttering in the yard, old movies and hanging out with my friends on WU.
By: palmettobug53 , 8:45 PM GMT on January 22, 2012
As many of you know, I'm a big reader. Being a big reader, I like to think that I have a larger than average number of words (and their definitions) in my lexicon.
I don't have to run for the dictionary as often as I did in my younger years. Even then, sometimes I couldn't be bothered to stop reading long enough to look things up. I could get the general idea, if not the specific meaning, just from the context of what I was reading.
I have worked more crossword puzzles than I can shake a stick at. I have played innumerable games of Scrabble. The Word Power quiz in Readers Digest is one of the first things I look for when the new issues arrive in the mail.
At work, I receive a 'Word of the Day' from Merriam-Webster. It helps to start my day off with something other than a work email and I often learn something new. They give the definition, the use in a sentence and the origin. They also include a quiz, using a word that was in an earlier email. A little brain exercise!
Words intrigue me.
While reading the Sunday paper today, I ran across an article about Wayne State University's Word Warriors. They are "retrieving some of the English language's most expressive words from the dank closet of neglect, in hopes of boosting their chances of a return to conversation and narrative."
Here are their top 10 words for 2012:
Parlous (I really like this one!)
To see the list and their definitions, click here.
Aren't those cool? LOL
How many of them could you define before you looked at the website?
Truckle threw me. I knew the definition as a noun but I didn't know it was also a verb.
At their website, you can nominate words to be considered for revival.
As for us, let's share our favourite words and see how many we can come up with?
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