Word of the Day: Zaftig

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.

zaftig“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

~per Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day: Cabal

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.

cabal“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.

~per Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day: Verbose

It’s the word of the day.  I had to use this one at some point! Just getting it out of the way… 🙂

verbose“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

Word of the Day: Dayspring

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.

dayspring“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

~per Merriam-Webster

Word of the Day: Veridical

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

Word of the Day: Cadence

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.

cadence“The cadence of her footsteps on the marble flooring heralded trouble on the way.”

Cadence: noun
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.
~per Merriam-Webster