“While the author’s wildly swerving train of thought did at one point flirt with coherence, this brief encounter was more likely a chance event … than a result of even rudimentary lucidity.” (http://www.xkcd.com)
This quote aptly describes where my brain is most of the time. So as you meander through this post, if there’s something that actually makes sense, it is more than likely
fully intentional purely accidental.
Words take on interesting meanings and evoke certain feelings when we hear them. We all have our favorite words – those that have a great sound coming off our tongue, or seem to capture what we’re wanting to emote at that particular time. Some of us even make up words – not that I would ever do that – when we can’t find the right one, or we are unable to pronounce the correct word.
Without further ado (no it’s not “adieu,” in case you were wondering), here are my must use words:
1. Zeitgeist – the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era
– The zeitgeist of the ’50’s was one of modernism and the burgeoning of television.
2. Shenanigans – high-spirited or mischievous activity
– My wife is really annoyed with my shenanigans!
3. Supercilious – coolly and disdainfully proud : snobbish
– Really? Seriously? I’m not supercilious. I don’t have to win EVERY argument.
4. Cacophony – harsh or discordant sound
– There was a cacophony of dogs barking, kids yelling, and a siren in the distance.
5. Hijinks – boisterous or rambunctious carryings-on
– Our puppy, Duke, was up to his usual hijinks – yanking slippers out of the closet and chewing on the couch.
6. Spelunking – the hobby or practice of exploring caves
– I love all sorts of outdoor activities, including spelunking in the caverns of Arizona and New Mexico.
7. Ennui – a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction : boredom
– Ennui comes from kids having too much time on their hands, and being used to playing video games.
8. Churlish – marked by a lack of civility or graciousness : surly
– When the impatient man took his parking place, the youngster quickly became churlish.
What are the words that you like to work into a conversation?