Tag: Adjective

Weird Word: Docent

by on Sep.30, 2013, under Articles, Free Write, Writing

Docent

Adjective

  • Instructive; that teaches.

Noun

  • A teacher or lecturer at some American colleges or universities.
  • A tour guide at a museum, art gallery, historical site, etc.

Other Forms:

  • docents

Example Usage:

It was a docent chip that one inserted directly into the port installed directly behind the ear which allowed the brain direct access to nearly all the information stored on it.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

Also a Dutch, Polish, and Swedish word, chiefly in the noun form but with the same meaning, except for the tour guide, which is apparently U.S. exclusive. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard this word with my own ears but I feel like it has significant potential, like the example usage, for adjective based descriptions of futuristic technologies. At least I hope so, as I’d prefer a future with more education than one with less.

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Weird Word: Sesquipedalian

by on Sep.09, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Sesquipedalian

Noun

  • A long word.
  • A person who uses long words.

Adjective

  • (of a word or words) long; polysyllabic.
  • Pertaining to or given to the use of overly long words.

Example Usage:

I used to like sesquipedalian words, until I had to start using the word sesqu- I give up.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

Wow. If there is another word that best embodies its meaning, I’m not sure I will ever come across it. This is even better than pernicious from a few weeks. In this day an age we use  polysyllabic or long-winded but this tongue twisting, finger twisting word needs some serious revival if only for the novelty of how self-referential it is!

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Weird Word: Ersatz

by on Aug.19, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Ersatz

Adjective

  • Made in imitation; artificial, especially of an inferior quality.

Noun

  • Something made in imitation; an effigy or substitute.

Example Usage:

The jewel was an ersatz in every detail, except for a small crack beneath the setting that held it. No one would ever suspect.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

Ah the lovely letter z. We don’t really see enough of the letter z in my opinion. It’s a nice uncomplicated letter, save that it is far too close to the letter s in some respects, but it is easier for some to write than the s. Here we have both letters in one extremely odd-looking word. This is actually a German or French word, except that it is also in English, obviously I can’t say I’ve ever heard it spoken I do not believe. Still I think it would make a great weird word to use both in its actual form and perhaps as a name for a character.

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Weird Word: Pernicious

by on Aug.12, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Pernicious

Adjective

  • Causing much harm in a subtle way.
  • Causing death or injury; deadly.

Example Usage:

Poison is less pernicious than a dagger between the ribs but a word, now a word can be the most pernicious thing of all.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

So this is a word that has a different meaning from what I thought it did when I came across it. It expected something more shrewd or haughty. Definitely not a word relating to death. Yet perhaps that is a key aspect of what I like about this word. It aspires to its own meaning, pretending to mean something different, until it is too late. Whatever being too late about understanding a word could mean.

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Weird Word: Rapacious

by on Aug.05, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Rapacious

Adjective

  • Voracious; avaricious.
  • Given to taking by force or plundering.
  • When talking about an animal, usually a bird, subsisting off live prey.

Other Forms:

  • rapaciously
  • rapaciousness
  • rapacity

Example Usage:

Her toe touched the finish line and dug into the ground, rapaciously claiming her the victory even as she continued to hurl herself forward with yet another stride.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

So the source of this word is kind of obvious, but however horrible that source might be, the meaning of this word can be used to some great effect. I’m particularly proud of my example usage sentence. The use of the word rapaciously in there adds a new level of meaning to the person as she wins whatever race she might be in. She wanted it and she took it by force, even if force in this case means her running speed.

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Weird Word: Unctuous

by on Jun.14, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Unctuous

Adjective

  • Oily or greasy [liquid].
  • Rich, lush, intense, with layers of concentrated, soft, velvety flavor [of a drink].
  • Profusely polite, especially unpleasantly so and insincerely earnest, [person].

Used in a sentence:

  • The unctuous cream he slathered into his hair was obviously designed to scare his locks into remaining in place, lest he set them on fire with but a stray spark.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

Here’s a word that just can’t quite make up its mind. It’s an adjective that means completely different things, based upon context. And people say English is easy to learn. No they don’t, by the way. I do love how different all the definitions are. For my sentence, I picked the one in particular that seems most fitting to the word. I suppose the oily/greasy and the unpleasantly and profusely polite are very similar definitions, but where did lush and intense get mixed in with the other two meanings? I suspect there was some sort of misunderstanding at some point, between someone too dense, and someone too unctuous.

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Weird Word: Prurient

by on May.31, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Prurient

Adjective

  • Uneasy with desire; itching; especially, having a lascivious anxiety or propensity; lustful.
  • Arousing or appealing to sexual desire.
  • Curious, especially inappropriately so.

Used in a sentence:

  • The room was becoming increasingly uncomfortable as her prurient cat kept leaping into his lap and demanding attention.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

Here is a word I have never heard with my own ears but has some interesting meanings. I’m curious if this word is intended to have a negative connotation or not. I suspect so but the last meaning expands the uses of the word considerably.

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Weird Word: Vociferous

by on May.24, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Vociferous

Adjective

  • Making or characterized by a noisy outcry; clamorous.

Used in a sentence:

  • The vociferous jewel was becoming far more of a liability than he had initially planned, alerting every guard in the entire treasury to the presence of an intruder.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

Weird and fun to say! This is one of those words you see to describe qualities on items in video games and roleplaying games, or as titles. Nojh the Vociferous!

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Weird Word: Gregarious

by on May.17, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Gregarious

Adjective

  • Describing one who enjoys being in crowds and socializing.
  • Of animals that travel in herds or packs.

Used in a sentence:

  • To say she was gregarious was not unlike claiming that cats were avid swimmers and she made her way quickly from the group before she hyperventilated.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

Perhaps not the most weirdest word to pass through the weird word library, this word definitely falls under the fun to say category. Four syllable way of saying someone is not shy or alternative way of saying extrovert.

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Weird Word: Pedantic

by on May.03, 2013, under Articles, Weird Words, Writing

Pedantic

Adjective

  • Like a pedant, overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.
  • Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner.
  • Being finicky or fastidious, especially with language.

Used in a sentence:

  • And then the rest of the group suddenly appreciated Charles’s pedantic nature, for without his obsessive rules knowledge, they never would have defeated the overlord’s pet twenty headed five tailed, three winged sloth-dragon that he made himself.

SourceWiktionary

Commentary:

Okay so I likened pedantic to being a rules-lawyer in a table top roleplaying game. The two aren’t wholly exclusive. Also pedantic isn’t that weird of a word, however pedant likely is. I’ve heard pedantic a lot, usually as a derogative term, however I’ve never heard anybody be called a pedant. No I didn’t just add pedant to the end of my weird word list. Stop looking over my shoulder!

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