Tag Archives: love of words

How Words Can Make Your Day

 I love language of any kind, but old style words thrill me the most, the feel of them, like slipping into a vintage dress. Alighted is my latest, coming across it at least ten times in three different books. A … Continue reading

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A Word for the Woebegone

 Now there’s a word, but not the one I’m about to dissect in all its dismal glory, though a sister word meaning…sad. My friend David will always zero in on one that tends to give me pause. This time it … Continue reading

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An Nocturnal Word

Crepuscular, from the Latin word crepusculun, meaning related to twilight, or as the movies call it, the magic hour. It’s when dusk descends into dark, as if nature flips a switch…black, murky, shadowy and dim.  Misty, lightless, muted and opaque. … Continue reading

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Susannah’s Spring, Summer Reading List 2016

Reading is very personal, something I’ve recently learned no longer sending as gifts, what I think people should read. With few exceptions, no one ever seems to care for my choices. So instead, I’ll be more democratic listing my recommendations … Continue reading

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A Word Please

 Ken – a noun meaning – one’s range of knowledge or sight; awareness, perception, vision, understanding…being within one’s grasp. Comprehension, realization, appreciation, consciousness – to put it simply – it’s what you know. It’s a word you don’t hear much, … Continue reading

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A Way With Words

Churlish: an adjective suggesting rudeness in a mean-spirited and surly way…ill-mannered, ill-bred, discourteous, impolite, unmannerly, uncivil, unchivalrous; inconsiderate, uncharitable, surly, sullen. Here’s what tickles me…its opposite…POLITE. It came up in a comment I made to my friend David Stewart greenwalledtower.wordpress.com … Continue reading

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Preen, a verb…to devote effort to making oneself look attractive and then admire one’s appearance : adolescents preening in their bedroom mirrors. To preen, congratulate or pride oneself : he’s busy preening himself on acquiring such a dandy haircut. This … Continue reading

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Here’s a word that’s buried in another time. Punctilious, an adjective: showing great attention to detail or correct behavior : he was punctilious in providing every convenience for his guests. Punctilio is the noun…a fine or petty point of conduct … Continue reading

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Love Of Words

Crestfallen: an adjective sad and disappointed : he came back empty-handed and crestfallen. It’s one of those words you read more than use though I occasionally toss it in a sentence never failing to get a look that says, what … Continue reading

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I first heard this word in a book describing Bobby Kennedy having no idea what it meant. Then I heard it again on a West Wing episode when Sam tells Mandy she has it, and she also didn’t know its … Continue reading

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