Wonder Words 002

While researching a couple of the “wonder words” that recently showed up on my radar screen, I came across the following:

Next time, in promulgating your esoteric cogitations, or articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable, philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity. Let your conversational communications possess a clarified conciseness, a compacted comprehensibleness, coalescent consistency, and a concatenated cogency. Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations.

The unknown author went on to conclude:

In other words, talk plainly, briefly, naturally, sensibly, truthfully, purely. Keep from slang; don’t put on airs; say what you mean; mean what you say. And, don’t use big words!

This is probably sound advice, isn’t it? Still, multi-syllabic combinations of morphemes have a way of catching our eye and making us wonder, don’t they?

A few that have caught my eye of lately are:

Aquiline
Beatific
Burnoose
Cerulean
Declivity
Enervating
Fenugreek
Insouciance
Machinations
Mephitic
Misanthrope
Obsequious
Porphyry
Proletariat
Rune
Saturnalia
Scrofula
Sedulously
Sibylline
Sycophant

How many of these did you know? How many did you use in your last post?

Blessings to all,
-bill

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14 Responses to Wonder Words 002

  1. reJoyce says:

    Eek! I’m going to have to click on a bunch of those links you so kindly provided. Fun! 😀

  2. Greg England says:

    Here’s one somebody sent me last week:

    There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is “UP.” It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?

    We call UP our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing, but to be dressed UP is special.

    And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.

    We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP ! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP , look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP. When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP and when it doesn’t rain for awhile, things dry UP.

    One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP , for now my time is UP, so………… it is time to shut UP! Oh … one more thing:
    What is the first thing you do in the morning & the last thing you do at night?

    U-P!

    Thanks for the entertaining post, Greg! You’re a real stand up sorta guy! -bill

  3. reJoyce says:

    Oh, and insouciance is going to have to be my favorite. It’s just plain fun to say.

    Yes! It’s one of my favorites on the list. Did you notice that the Free Dictionary by Farlex will even say it for you? Cool, isn’t it? -bill

  4. Neva Cooper says:

    Bill,
    Love these–I got sixteen but made near guesses on a couple of others. Sometimes when you read alot, when you have taken a Greek class and have worked in a psych ward, you hear “stuff”.
    (Hey, did you watch that new show tonight Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?) Maybe some of these words will be on the show.
    Peace, my brother
    Neva

    You’re amazing, Neva! I watched the program last night. Couldn’t believe the things they were missing. What do you think? Was that first guy for real? I have my doubts. -bill

  5. Maggie says:

    Greg…

    That was on the UP and UP.

    Bill, love the idea of writing words in the back of books!

    That’s because Greg is such a stand up sort of guy! Wait. Given the ending to his comment, that might not be an appropriate comment.

  6. Maria says:

    You do make me chuckle!
    God bless you lots
    Maria in the UK
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk

    Glad you got a chuckle, Maria. Hope all is well with you! -bill

  7. Keith Davis says:

    Sounds like you all are just trying to be obsequious to me!;)

    You might be right! But, mainly we’re just having fun. -bill

  8. janice says:

    Don’t have a clue 😕

    Bill ,you and Greg, should take your act on the road! 🙂

    We’re just having fun here, Janice. I’m not claiming to know these words, either. This does provide a fun way to increase our word power, though. When any of us will ever use these words is a whole-nother issue, isn’t it? -bill

  9. Bobby Cohoon says:

    I ama hick from the sticks…of course I had to GUESS AT ALL OF THEM!
    Good to see you back posting brother!

    Bobby

    But you didn’t fall off the turnip wagon yesterday! I’ve read your blog, remember! Your last post was great–a very timely reminder. -bill

  10. cwinwc says:

    I feel you’re trying to (in a nice way) “inculcate” me with this latest list.

    No inculcating intended! That’s too messy. We’re just having a little fun here.

  11. janice says:

    I know ya was , and I was trying to be funny 2 😕 :0

  12. Bob says:

    Dearest Bill,

    Once again I cannot resist my sedulous nature to occasionally pontificate about your blog. In my objective capacity as a struggling scribe, not to be confused with a blabbering sycophant, I endeavor in this post to remain insouciant without any malicious machinations at all.

    Some might think that this post may seem odd at best but let me reassure everyone who reads this post that in my whole life and being, I endeavor to be obsequious to my Lord, wherever He leads me.

    I love your blog and lurk here more often than you may think. When I do post, it is not to or never will be an attempt to enervate your efforts or intentions.

    Rather, in my feeble attempt at not actually appearing to be runic, I am simply trying to share my prolific propensity towards enabling others to come to a better understanding of the fact that God, has enabled us all with a special gift that we should all use more often… a sense of humor! Use it or lose it!

    Did you hear the one about the blogger that didn’t know what a ligature was?

    Yes, He keeps me smiling!
    Brother Bob

  13. dsimple says:

    Actually, the word “rune” is in our daily conversation around our house lately due to an online game that all the kids in the neighborhood just discovered and are playing constantly. I think it’s called Rune-Scape. I keep telling myself, “This too shall pass.” LOL 😉

    I think I knew about half the words on your list, Bill, and then guessed semi-accurately at most of the rest … thank goodness for studying a bit of Greek and Roman root words with my kids over the years. 🙂

    ~Debi

  14. Mark Wilson says:

    How to Write Good

    1. Always avoid alliteration.
    2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
    3. Avoid cliches like the plague—they’re old hat.
    4. Employ the vernacular.
    5. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
    6. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
    7. Parenthetical words however must be enclosed in commas.
    8. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
    9. Contractions aren’t necessary.
    10. Do not use a foreign word when there is an adequate English quid pro quo.
    11. One should never generalize.
    12. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
    13. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
    14. Don’t be redundant; don’t use more words than necessary; it’s highly superfluous.
    15. It behooves you to avoid archaic expressions.
    16. Avoid archaeic spellings too.
    17. Understatement is always best.
    18. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
    19. One-word sentences? Eliminate. Always!
    20. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
    21. The passive voice should not be used.
    22. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
    23. Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
    24. Who needs rhetorical questions?
    25. Don’t use commas, that, are not, necessary.
    26. Do not use hyperbole; not one in a million can do it effectively.
    27. Never use a big word when a diminutive alternative would suffice.
    28. Subject and verb always has to agree.
    29. Be more or less specific.
    30. Placing a comma between subject and predicate, is not correct.
    31. Use youre spell chekker to avoid mispeling and to catch typograhpical errers.
    32. Don’t repeat yourself, or say again what you have said before.
    33. Don’t be redundant.
    34. Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.
    35. Don’t never use no double negatives.
    36. Poofread carefully to see if you any words out.
    37. Hopefully, you will use words correctly, irregardless of how others use them.
    38. Eschew obfuscation.
    39. No sentence fragments.
    40. Don’t indulge in sesquipedalian lexicological constructions.
    41. A writer must not shift your point of view.
    42. Don’t overuse exclamation marks!!
    43. Place pronouns as close as possible, especially in long sentences, as of 10 or more words, to their antecedents.
    44. Writing carefully, dangling participles must be avoided.
    45. If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
    46. Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
    47. Everyone should be careful to use a singular pronoun with singular nouns in their writing.
    48. Always pick on the correct idiom.
    49. The adverb always follows the verb.
    50. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixing metaphors.
    51. If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing.
    52. And always be sure to finish what

    From
    http://www.plainlanguage.gov/examples/humor/writegood.cfm

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