Wordspotting #1

This is the first installment in a series I’m calling Wordspotting. When I spot a word on a blog that I like, I make a note of it. When I gather enough to warrant a post, I share them. I’m a writer and hence a total word nerd… comes with the territory:)

Favorite word finds from around the blogosphere this week. Definitions via Dictionary.com:

Twee – Excessively or affectedly quaint, pretty, or sentimental.                                                                  “Instead I went with cute. Like, unseemly cute. Borderline twee.” ~ Smitten Kitchen

Cloying – causing or tending to cause disgust or aversion through excess.
“…I could finish the whole bowl without the taste getting cloying.” ~ Burp and Slurp

Busker – a noun loosely meaning street performer, from the verb, “busk“-Chiefly British. to entertain by dancing, singing, or reciting on the street or in a public place.     “The first involved an African-American busker in the subway. He was playing and singing a song by Coldplay.” ~ Chloe Veltman, Lies Like Truth 

Chloe gets bonus points for using one of my favorite words in her blog title, “A Vapid Question and an Un-Politically Correct Comment.”

Vapid –  1. lacking or having lost life, sharpness, or flavor; insipid; flat 2. without liveliness or spirit; dull or tedious.

Use a word three times in one day and it’s yours! What are some of your favorite words?


Words and music.

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” ~ ???

This quote has been attributed to Steve Martin, Martin Mull, Frank Zappa and Elvis Costello to name a few. I can’t imagine not claiming such an accurate, colorful witticism and yet it remains shrouded in inscrutability. This is the type of writing I love. Great writing doesn’t require fancy words. Don’t get me wrong. I love all words. But there’s so much you can do with the most basic vocabulary.

As someone who has written music features, I can attest to the truth of this quote. I have not faced a greater writing challenge than writing about music and have the utmost respect for those who do it well.