Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I love words. Could be why I write and edit for a living, do you think?

Recently, I was talking with a friend about our favorite words.

I've started a list:

Perspicacious- having keen mental  perception and understanding; discerning: to exhibit perspicacious judgment. You have to love the way this word rolls off your tongue. 


Apoplectic- of or pertaining to apoplexy, a sudden, usually marked loss of bodily function due to rupture or occlusion of a blood vessel. I try to work this one into office conversation as often as possible. "If you don't meet deadline I'm going to be apoplectic!"


Lilliputian- A very small person or being. Another word I love partly for it's sound, partly because it creates a vivid image in my mind of something so small and petite. See also: Gulliver's Travels.


Pernicious - highly injurious or destructive; deadly. Such a harsh definition for such a lovely word.


Willowy - Resembling a willow tree, especially: a. Flexible; pliant. b: Tall, slender, graceful. Who wouldn't want to be willowy?


One more for today.


Titian - A bright reddish or golden auburn color. Nancy Drew had titian hair and I wanted it desperately.



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