Words, wonderful words

I was delighted to come across a blog post by author Katharine Tree recently which features wordplay. There is a link to the post here, and it lists a number of words that have been encountered, written down and then explored. This made me happy inside as I love discovering new words. Not all of them can – or need be – incorporated into my vocabulary, but I find comfort in understanding what they mean.

So I have rifled through my writing notebooks and have a few that I’d like to share.

Senescence: growing old, ageing. This is not what I thought it would be at all.

Cephalic: of or in the head.

Epigrammatic: (of) a short poem with a witty ending; a pointed saying.

Gloaming: twilight, dusk. This isn’t an unusual word, but it is one that I have come across several times lately. It is atmospheric and brings to my mind a certain slant of light. 

Paean: a song of praise or triumph.

Quixotic: extravagantly and romantically chivalrous; visionary.

Quaquaversal: pointing in every direction – with thanks to Autumn to bringing this word into my orbit.

Have you come across any arresting words lately?

[Photo: detail of gate entrance at the Hydro Majestic Hotel, Medlow Bath]

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10 thoughts on “Words, wonderful words

  1. I enjoy learning new words too. I subscribe to dictionary.com to receive a new word via email every day. In my blog, I have a page where I list unusual words related to writing; sort of my own vocabulary collection. It’s a wonderful way to exercise the mind and discover new ways to add colorful language to essays and stories.

  2. An old standby: conundrum. First encountered it at a business dinner as a wine label!!! Loved the wine and wondered about the word itself. Through the years, both my brother and myself keep tabs of when we get to use this word in our conversations. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Laura! Conundrum is one of those words where I think I know what it means but I’m going to have to check again. I like how you keep a tally of sorts of when it is used with your brother – at work we sometimes play a version of ‘buzzword bingo’ when we pick a certain word (it was extrapolate for a while, for no particular reason …) and see if we can incorporate it into common use. Word games – got to love them!

  3. These are awesome words! Some of them meant something different than I would have thought as well. Thanks for sharing these treasures! πŸ™‚ I tend to be fairly fond of words in other languages. Even if I don’t speak that language, I like to hear the meaning of various words in other tongues because sometimes they describe something that English words cannot quite get at in and of themselves. Fascinating really!

    • Thank you for your comments, and I love your point about words in another language. As expansive as English is, it can’t always capture the essence of a thought or feeling or sensation that has been expressed in another language. You have just sent me off on an interesting mental tangent 😊. Thanks!

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