This will be the last mid-month post to catch us up on the monthly lists of Today's Word that I put out on Twitter. Once this blog has undergone its make-over, I'll make sure that all monthly lists are in the archives.
Ya gotta admit, there are some cool words in this list. Anyone want to tackle creating a sentence with at least six of them?
ERUBESCENT (err-oo-BES-ent)--adj.--to grow red; blushing.
RODOMONTADE (RODE-uh-mahn-TADE)--pretentious bragging; bluster.
STREPITOUS (STREP-i-dus)--adj.--Noisy, boisterous.
BENISON (BEN-i-zun)--noun--Blessing or benediction.
VESICANT (VES-i-kunt)--Noun: an agent that causes blisters. Adj: causing blisters.
RHATHYMIA (ruh-THI-me-uh)--noun--The state of being carefree.
ESCHAROTIC (es-kuh-ROT-ik)--adj.--Caustic; corrosive.
TERGIVERSATORY (TUR-ji-VER-sa-tory)--adj.--Evasive, ambiguous; Capable of changing/reversing opinions.
AILUROPHOBE (ay-lur-oh-PHOBE)--noun--one who hates or fears cats.
ELEEMOSYNARY (e-lee-MOSS-in-ary)--adj.--Charitable; of or relating to charity.
CAMPESTRAL (kam-PES-trul)--adj.--rural; relating to fields or open country.
BATHETIC (bu-THE-tik)--adj.--Very common-place or trite; relating to insincere/overdone pathos.
ONEIRIC (oh-NIH-rik)--adj.--Relating to dreams; dreamy.
PALAVER (pu-LA-vur)--noun--A long conversation/discussion; idle talk; misleading or beguiling speech.
BYZANTINE (BIH-zun-teen)--adj.--intricately involved and often devious.
MYRMIDON (MUR-muh-don)--noun--Loyal follower; subordinate who executes orders unquestioningly/unscrupulously.
UXORIAL (uk-SOR-EE-ul)--adj.--Relating to, or characteristic of a wife.
BENEFIC (bu-NEH-fik)--adj.--Doing or producing good (by acts of kindness/charity.
QUI VIVE (kee-VEEV)--noun--Alert, lookout.
YIPS--noun--state of nervous tension affecting an athlete in performance of a crucial action.
WIDDERSHINS (WI-dur-shunz)--adj.--In a left-handed, wrong, or contrary direction, as in counterclockwise.
THANATOLOGY (tha-nuh-TAH-lu-gee)--noun--Description/study of death and methods of coping with it.
LUCULLAN (loo-KUHL-un)--adj.--Lavish, luxurious. Used especially of food.
DAEDAL (DEE-duhl)--adj.--Skillful, artistic; intricate; adorned with many things.
TABULA RASA (TA-byu-luh RAH-zuh)--noun--The mind in its hypothetical primary blank or empty state.
LACUNA (luh-KOO-nuh)--noun--A blank space or missing part; small cavity in an anatomical structure.
CONGERIES (KAHN-juh-reez)--noun--Collection or mass of entities (as in objects, forces, people or ideas).
RANTIPOLE (RAN-ti-pohl)--adj.--Characterized by a wild, unruly manner/attitude
ABJURE (ab-JOOR)--verb--To recant solemnly; to renounce under oath.
DUENDE (doo-EN-day)--noun--The power to attract through personal magnetism and charm.
Read February '09