I’m sure someone (if not several) people have told you in your life that the more you read, the better your vocabulary gets. My problem is that I have a horrible memory. If I’m reading a book or blog post and come across a word I love, if I don’t write it down immediately, it’s gone. So in an effort to remember and use new-to-me words that strike my fancy, I’ve been jotting them down as I discover (and in some cases rediscover) them and then sharing them in an ongoing series I call Wordspotting. If you missed the first three installments, you can check them out here.
Most of the words in this post I found while doing my job, which is editing for a website called The Cheat Sheet. I read dozens of stories every day, which expose me to lots of interesting news, facts, trivia, and when I’m lucky, intoxicating words such as these.
Definitions via Google Dictionary.
of or occurring every day; daily.“the car sped noisily off through the quotidian traffic”
ordinary or everyday, especially when mundane.“his story is an achingly human one, mired in quotidian details”
(of a person) giving their name to something.“the eponymous hero of the novel”
(of a thing) named after a particular person.“Roseanne’s eponymous hit TV series”
[By no means a complex or new-to-me word, I just love that it exists and hate that it’s so typecast. It’s not used enough outside of the pirate realm and I think it should be.]
past tense: swashbuckled; past participle: swashbuckled
engage in daring and romantic adventures with ostentatious bravado or flamboyance.“a crew of swashbuckling buccaneers”
of or relating to a person’s body, especially as opposed to their spirit.“he was frank about his corporeal appetites”
having a body.“a corporeal God”
a commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views.“there was a kerfuffle over the chairmanship”
past tense: castigated; past participle: castigated
reprimand (someone) severely.“Some lawmakers, military analysts and former soldiers have castigated both the White House and NATO for failing to understand tribal conflicts.” ~ The Cheat Sheet
What are some of your favorite words?