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August 12, 2009

Today is Wednesday. There is something about Wednesdays that I like. Perhaps because it’s the only weekday that begins with a W, or perhaps because it is the only day of the week name I can remember with any certainty – mercredi.  Or maybe because it’s half way through the week and the weekend is that much closer. Who knows, really, all I know is I like Wednesdays.

In English, it is named for the norse god, Woden (or Odin) – Woden’s day or Day of Woden. In the more romatic languages such as French it is named after the roman god mercury – mercredi.

Etomology, the study of the history of words, is so facinating.  To see how words changed and evolved as the people who used them changed and evolved, made new contacts, fought wars, produced industry and eventually brought the words to how we know them today. It’s suprising how a simple thing like a word ‘going out of fashion’ as one might say can really change a language as a whole.

So, on the subject of words, here are some that I like and I think we should use more often.

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Gregarious – adj.

  1. Seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable.
  2. Tending to move in or form a group with others of the same kind: gregarious bird species.
  3. Botany Growing in groups that are close together but not densely clustered or matted.

Incongruous – adj.

  1. Lacking in harmony; incompatible: a joke that was incongruous with polite conversation.
  2. Not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent: a plan incongruous with reason.
  3. Not in keeping with what is correct, proper, or logical; inappropriate: incongruous behavior.

Prodigious – adj.  

  1. Impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous: a prodigious storm.
  2. Extraordinary; marvelous: a prodigious talent.
  3. Obsolete Portentous; ominous.

Corporeal – adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the body.
  2. Of a material nature; tangible.

Indubitably – adj.

Too apparent to be doubted; unquestionable.

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So yes, all those words are adjectives, but hey, adjectives are fun!

How about you? What words do you think should be used more often?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. youngromantic permalink
    August 12, 2009 12:20 pm

    I also like saying “corporeal” in day-to-day conversation, as well as “prodigious.” They’re certain to raise a few eyebrows. I once used “cantankerous” to describe a, well, cantankerous friend in high school and my other friend looked at me like I was crazy.

    I also enjoy “whilst,” “curmudgeon” (I have another friend who is a curmudgeon to a T), “gratuitous,” “clairvoyant,” “contemptuous” and “monstrosity.”

  2. youngromantic permalink
    August 12, 2009 12:25 pm

    Oooh, I forgot “superfluous” and “maudlin.”

    I would name my child Maudlin if it wasn’t so cruel.

    Man, there’s so many!

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