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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
See you soon!
Happy reading 🙂