Monday, March 01, 2010
Feb. '10 List of Today's Word
Feeling a bit quaquaversal?
Here's a list of Today's Words that ran in February. (For previous months' lists, check the Craft and Industry archives.) I challenge you creative types to use at least six of these words in a sentence. Best sentence (chosen by me) wins a copy of my novel Exposure. Ready, set, go:
QUAQUAVERSAL (kway-kwa-VER-sul) adj.--turned in whatever way; going off in all directions at once.
ASPERITY (ah-SPER-uh-tee) noun--roughness of surface; roughness of manner or temper.
HEMIDEMISEMIQUAVER (HE-mi-DE-mi-SE-mi-KWAY-ver) noun: the sixty-fourth note.
APHONIA (ay-FOH-nee-uh) noun--loss of voice.
LYNCEAN (LIN-see-un) adj.--sharp-sighted.
ESEMPLASTIC (EH-sem-plas-tik) adj.--having the power to shape disparate things into a unified whole.
CONDIGN (kun-DINE) adj.--no more and no less than what is deserved or merited.
SEICENTO (say-CHEN-to) noun--the 17th century, specifically 17th century of art/literature in Italy.
ANOSMIA (uh-NOZ-mee-uh) noun--loss or impairment of the sense of smell.
DOYENNE (DOI-yun) noun--the senior female member of a body or group. (Male version: doyen).
CADUCITY (cuh-DYU-sud-ee) noun--feebleness from old age, senility.
AUTARKY (AH-tar-kee) noun--national economic self-sufficiency and independence.
ASCESIS (uh-SEE-sus) noun--rigorous training; self-discipline or self-restraint.
PERICOPE (puh-RIK-uh-PEE) noun--selection from a book, esp. a selection from the Bible, used as text for a sermon.
PHILTER (FIL-ter) noun--a love potion.
EBULLITION (EB-uh-LISH-un) noun--a boiling or bubbling up; sudden, violent outburst or display.
LITOTES (LIDE-uh-TEEZ) noun--understatement using a negative to express a positive: "He's not a dumb kid."
AGRESTIC (uh-GRES-tik) adj.--of or relating to the fields or country.
HUGGER-MUGGER (HUG-er MUG-er) noun--the act or practice of concealment; a disorderly jumble.
CHILIASM (KIL-ee-AZ-um) noun--theological doctrine of Christ's return to earth to reign for 1000 years.
SUBSELLIUM (sub-SEL-ee-um) noun--a low seat or bench.
PELAGIC (puh-LAH-jik) adj.-relating to, or living in the open sea.
RASORIAL (ruh-SOR-ee-ul) adj.--habitually scratching the ground in search of food.
RAMENTUM (ruh-MEN-tum) noun--something scraped off; a minute particle.
MISPRISION (muh-SPRI-zhun) noun--misconduct by a public official; a misunderstanding.
USTULATION (us-chu-LAY-shun) noun--the act of burning or searing.
ARENICOLOUS (air-uh-NIK-uh-lus) adj.--inhabiting or burrowing in sand.
CORBAN (KOR-ban) noun--an offering to God in fulfillment of a particular vow.
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