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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