Word Wisdom

Hi there!

It’s a windy and calm afternoon and I’ve loads of assignments to do. What’s the plan of action you ask? Indulge in my hobby, dabble in some art and finally when I have run out of my creative juice, work on the assignment. That is really easy to say but will I really stick to myself and finish my work within five or six pm? Now, that’s yet to be seen.

I’ve been missing word play and I thought I’d take a break from my life stories and trinkets to talk about words that I really like. (Mostly because they feel good on the tongue 😉 )

Insinuate – To suggest or hint in an unpleasant way, usually not directly. Remember the evil and monstrous creature who was forever insane about his precious? Yes, Gollum! You must have been aghast at how he manipulated Frodo to believe that Sam was the bad guy. Yes, that is insinuation.

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Hypochondria – Do you have that one friend who’s constantly worried sick about her health? These guys worry about all the serious health issues that you could think about and they’re so scared they’re suffering that it sometimes ruins the fun. Maybe it’s time you took him or her seriously and get them diagnosed in the right manner at the soonest.

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Staccato – It is a musical sound or note that is separated  from the others. Usually when used in a manner of speech, staccato implies an abrupt utterance, each syllable being enunciated separately. I came across this word in The Glass Palace and it went thus, ‘He was speaking in staccato bursts, the sentences punctuated by coughs and pauses’.

For some reason, it conjures up an image of smoke rings to my mind. hqdefault

Shot In The Arm – For the longest time, I thought this had a negative connotation for why else would you find your arm in trouble? Only recently did I discover that ‘shot in the arm’ actually refers to something that boosts your morale and has a positive effect on you.

I recently won a quiz competition that was conducted on college premises and many would call it a shot in the arm. To be honest, it was a multiple choice quiz and I just guessed my way through. As luck would have it, my answers turned out to be right and that’s how I came to win it. So much for quizzes, eh?

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Demur – Often confused with ‘demure’ which means being shy and hesitant, demur is a word that hasn’t found as many takers in the English language. Demur actually means raising objections and showing reluctance.

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See you soon!

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Happy reading 🙂

 

 

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Love thy Lexicon?

Hey!

I’m back after a short hiatus with something slightly unusual for this blog. So far I’ve written about traveling,people and random emotions. Today I’m going to delve into another past time of mine, lexicology.

Now for the unassuming folk, a lexicon refers to the vocabulary of a language. So a lexicologist studies words, their nature and meaning. I’m just an amateur but it fascinates me that there is a word for everything and We only have to find it.

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So here are a few words that I found awfully interesting and I wanted to share it for ‘the greater good’. (pun intended)

What I’m doing with my blog or why I even have one can be summed up in just one word!

“Catharsis.”

The process of shedding intense memories or emotions by expressing them through writing or art. (And here I thought I was being poetic, talking about monsoon, nature and people! )

 

“Ombudsman.”

When I first came across this word, I was reminded of Enid Blyton’s Omnibus! (A compilation of all her great work). But an Ombudsman has no connection to collection.

He or she, in fact, is an appointed official whose duty is to investigate into the complaints against companies or government departments.

 

“Cinephile.”

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An enthusiast of films and cinema. (Read me).

I have watched an obscene number of films on the big screen in the four years since I started engineering. It would be a huge fiasco If I were to reveal the number at home. But more on that later.

 

“Gargantuan.”

Now this isn’t as unique as the others but I couldn’t resist sharing it because when I first read it without paying close attention, I managed to get it to rhyme with Orangutan! Not very unlike the animal, the word symbolizes something that’s huge, immense or tremendous!

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“Critter.”

Now this one is just cute! How can you resist not using this word? Consider it an endearment to creatures.

 

“Orology.” clip

Now I cannot see how knowing this would do you any good. But for those of you who love heights, perhaps the study of mountains would be a good past time.

 

“Pontificate.”

To lecture instead of just stating an opinion.

This is what my Brother did when I passed a snide comment about Manchester United. And no, I do not care who wins the damned match!

 

Now without pontificating too much, I’m going to sign off and listen to a “gamut” of soulful music.

*Gamut-means a wide range of something.

P. S.

Twinks! Thanks for the gamut of words 😀

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