The Best NEW Words, from A to Z

April 30, 2016

 

"Raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." Rumi

 

Words, words, words!

 

Writers love words...and I am no exception. My friends constantly tease me for using big words in everyday conversation. It’s not that I’m using words that are obscure...I’m just using words that are more descriptive than words typically used in conversation. Like “gargantuan” instead of “big” - that sort of thing.

 

I don’t have a favorite word or even a list of favorite words...I just love learning new ones!

 

Here’s a list, from A to Z, of my favorite NEW words.

 

Don't get me wrong - these aren't new words to the English dictionary, they're just new words to ME! Can’t wait to use some of them in my next Sci-Fi book!

 

Any you’d like to add?

 

Alacrity - cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness

 

Bumptious - offensively self-assertive

 

Canaille - riffraff; rabble

 

Deasil - clockwise

 

Effluvium - a slight or invisible exhalation or vapor, especially one that is disagreeable or noxious

 

Fulminate - to explode with a loud noise; detonate

 

Grog - a mixture of rum and water, often flavored with lemon, sugar, and spices and sometimes served hot

 

Hebetude - lethargy; dullness

 

Internecine - occurring between members of the same country, group, or organization

 

Jocund - marked by or suggestive of high spirits and lively mirthfulness

 

Keelhaul - to punish severely

 

Logomachy - a dispute over or about words

 

Mysophobia - abnormal fear of or distaste for uncleanliness or contamination

 

Nimiety - excess; redundancy

 

Obnubilate: to cloud over; becloud; obscure

 

Perseverate - to repeat something insistently or redundantly

 

Quidnunc - a person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip; a gossip or busybody

 

Roustabout - a worker in an oil field, at a circus, etc., whose job requires strength but little skill

 

Supplicate: to pray humbly; make humble and earnest entreaty or petition

 

Torpor - a state of not being active and having very little energy

 

Unclubbable - unsociable

 

Vicissitude - the quality or state of being changeable

 

Winnow - to remove (people or things that are less important, desirable, etc.) from a larger group or list

 

Xanthic - of or relating to a yellow or yellowish color

 

Yen - a strong desire or propensity

 

Zaftig - of a woman: slightly fat in an attractive way : having a full, rounded figure

 

 

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