Fat. It just sounds bad. Dirty. I mean…you could be hauling a fat load, or you could be hauling a corpulent load.
Corpulent: large or bulky of body; porky; stout; fat
Of course, you wouldn’t say, “that chick over there is corpulent.” But fat is just so…so…harsh. Ugly.
I’ve been hearing the word “dwell” a lot lately. Don’t dwell on the past. Don’t dwell on that issue. I tried not to dwell on that.
So I decided to look up dwell. I thought it had a negative connotation. Like I used it above…dwelling is a bad thing. Thinking negatively on a situation or the past or whatever.
But, I was wrong. There is no negativity associated with it at all…
Dwell: 1) to live as a permanent resident; 2) to continue in a current state or condition; or 3) to linger over, emphasize or ponder in thought, speech or writing.
I was using dwell as a synonym for think. I think that was inappropriate use. I’ll try not to dwell on it too much longer.
I like words. Duh, right? I like the way they sound, how they’re used and where they come from. Wednesday did another sneak up on me and I was at a lost of this week’s cool word. I had my cousin looking up words for me and only one seemed interesting…
Heterodox (ah, you thought I was going to say plethora!). It means, basically, complete opposite of orthodox. Okay, but the point is I was looking up this word’s definition and Dictionary.com had a little ad about “heterodox has a plethora of symbols, but check out…” and it hit me…plethora. Sweet word, right?
Plethora: overabundance; excess
Such a prettier, dressed up version of “Hey dude…you have a lot of shit.”
Yes, a Fifty Shades quote again (I have no shame…I read about sex. Deal with it. ;) )
Luxuriating: to enjoy oneself without stint or to grow fully or abundantly; thrive
A cool word for me with this interesting change going on in my life. My writing is growing, I’m growing. I have yet to thrive monetarily in my writing yet, but that will come.
To say you’re growing and enjoying oneself, eh…sounds kind of bland. But oh, to say I’m at a very luxuriating time in my life right now, well, that is a perfect description!
Yes, I did it. I jumped on the 50 Shades of Grey bandwagon…and LOVED it. From both a reader and a writer’s perspective. It was well written, kept my interest so much that I went ahead and bought the other two books. It was graphic, no doubt, but it wasn’t raunchy…even given the, ahem, subject matter.
I discovered highlighting on my Kindle a bit late in the game. Why I didn’t use it before, no clue, but I use it now. When I come across a word or phrase, or even whole paragraphs, that enlighten my senses, I highlight it.
Now we come to concupiscent. I have never seen this word before…but there it was. And highlighted it was. :)
Concupiscent: lustful or sensual; eagerly desirable
Kind of like, when you give a woman red wine, she becomes concupiscent. (Guys, remember that.)
Settled: to quiet, calm or bring to rest…
Things have been UNsettled for awhile in my personal life and I tried to not let it affect here.
I’m happy to report that things are settling. Starting next week I will restart my multiple daily postings, cool word Wednesdays and photo montage Fridays.
Next week I’ll be settled.
Since this place is a collection of things that inspire me to write and to be, I thought, well, maybe I should do a cool word on, well, inspiring.
We are inspired to do all sorts of things. It could be monumental as going for the gold in the Olympics. It could be as simple as buying a new bag. It can be the hopes of that cup of delicious aromatic coffee in the morning. It’s what keeps you rolling from point A to point B.
Inspiring: to fill or affect with a specified feeling, thought, etc.
I find inspiration in the most interesting of spots. A certain city, a certain Starbucks, my children’s smiles, a pretty flower, a gorgeous sky, the rolling waves of the ocean, my friends, my family, a memory, a damn good book…
What ever it is that inspires you to do what you do, cherish it.
I’ve used “eloquent” to mean elegant. I decided to look up the actual definition and was surprised to find I was using it wrong.
Eloquent: having or exercising the power of fluent, forceful and appropriate speech; movingly expressive
I’ve always said President Obama (whether you agree with him or not) is a very eloquent speaker. At least I used it correctly then.
And now I know not to use it wrong again.
Isn’t it annoying when story A, turns into story B, then you hear a version C, yet everyone believes D, E or F? Yet, the truth is really Z.
Storytelling Gossiping often convolutes a simple situation and turns it into this twisted, over the top intricate thing. A “hi” between two people turns into they were making out.
Why do we all tell convoluted tales?
Well, I know why I do…I’m a fiction writer. ;)
Convoluted: twisted; coiled; complicated
(Thanks, cousin, for the word suggestion)
I think it’s impossible for anyone to track my train of thoughts. I can barely keep track, let alone an outsider. But here’s a bit of a sample…
So the other night I watched Midnight in Paris with Owen Wilson and they said the word “pedantic” a couple of times. Hey, cool word, right? So I looked it up today so I can have the exact definition of the word for you and it said ostentatious in one’s learning.
What? So I had to look up “ostentatious.” Bam! Cooler word!!
Ostentatious: characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others.
In other words, dressing to impress in a way to just be noticed. Or acting in a way that shows up other people. Or just being obnoxiously stupid.
And that’s how watching a movie that was recommended ended up in my cool words post even though they never said the word in the movie.