Today’s word I’ve only heard about on the internet as a friend’s username. So I’m going to completely botch my effort at an intelligent use of the word in a complete sentence. I’m okay with this because this is a weird word but very fun. (It is such a fun word that auto-correct wants me to change it to rafting!) It certainly falls under the category of “Learn something new every day!” because I never would have thought this word was referring to women specifically.
“My friend is a zaftig geek and proud of it!”
Zaftig – adjective
1) of a woman: having a full rounded figure : pleasingly plump
Interesting Origins of the word:
Yiddish zaftik juicy, succulent, from zaft juice, sap, from Middle High German saf, saft, from Old High German saf
This word is just plain fun to say. It even sounds mysterious, really. I think it is entirely underused. I know it is in my own work.
“The den was forfeited to the cabal of teenagers for their D&D afternoon.”
Cabal – noun
1: the artifices and intrigues of a group of persons secretly united in a plot (as to overturn a government); also : a group engaged in such artifices and intrigues.
2: club, group.
It’s the word of the day. I had to use this one at some point! Just getting it out of the way… 🙂
“Not feeling particularly verbose, she replied with only a nod of her head.”
Verbose – adjective
1): containing more words than necessary : wordy ; also : impaired by wordiness
2): given to wordiness
~ per Merriam-Webster
This word is ridiculously poetic and it caught my attention. I’m sure I must have heard it before, but I didn’t remember it. According to the Google graphic on the word, it was at its heyday around the year 1900, which sounds about right to me.
“Who would have expected a chance meeting in an adult bookstore could be the dayspring of a new career.”
Dayspring – noun
1) archaic : the beginning of day : Dawn
2) the beginning of a new era or order of things
Yup, that’s right folks. Veridical. That isn’t a misspelling, despite how angrily my auto-correct is trying to fix it. Personally, I think it falls under the category of “Words Not to Use” because it will very easily throw a reader out of a sentence if they’re any good at spelling.
The origins of the words are, of course, Latin: verus (true) and dicere (to say.) I would truthfully say this word should be used with caution in any non-scientific work.
“The second witness seemed veridical and forthcoming with his retelling of events.”
Veridical – adjective
1) truthful, veracious
2) not illusory : genuine
~ per Merriam-Webster
Vocabulary is a writer’s best friend. Mine is sadly lacking. (My grammar is worse, but my vocab list is pretty short.)
So! Here’s a word to think about today, maybe use it somewhere if it’s useful.
“The cadence of her footsteps on the marble flooring heralded trouble on the way.”
a : a rhythmic sequence or flow of sounds in language.
b : the beat, time, or measure of rhythmical motion or activity
a : a falling inflection of the voice
b : a concluding and usually falling strain; specifically : a musical chord sequence moving to a harmonic close or point of rest and giving the sense of harmonic completion.
3) the modulated and rhythmic recurrence of a sound especially in nature.