Fun words: persnickety

I love this word. It’s defined as: placing too much emphasis on trivial or minor details; fussy.

And for some reason – when I hear this word – that’s exactly what I think of. It’s the kind of word that somehow sounds exactly like (well, not exactly like – that’s onomatopoeia – and yes, I had to look up how to spell that) what it represents. Or perhaps a better words would be conjures (ooh, another fun word!) up the feeling of what it represents.

Wow, I am a serious word nerd.  But I’m not too persnickety about grammar. 🙂

What’s a word that makes you think about exactly what it represents?




Fun words: apotheosis

The English language is truly full of fun words – gotta admit I hadn’t encountered this one until recently.

Apotheosis is defined as the perfect form of something or elevation to divine status.

If you could be elevated to divine status and be the god of something (like Thor is the god of thunder), what would you be the god of? I think I’d be the god of naps. I like napping a lot and would prefer not to go outside in the cold if I don’t have to. That could also make me the god of cats.


Fun phrases: Fifth columnist

I’ve been reading a great book lately called “The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains” which is all about some very out there comic book villains (e.g. Robotic Nazi T.Rex).

Some of the most colourful villains were invented during WWII. A phrase that kept popping up was “fifth columnist” and I’d never heard of it before, so I looked it up.

It’s defined as: someone who secretly supports and helps the enemies of the country or organization they are in.

Obviously these were not good guys (or gals) to so super heroes such as “Sleepy” and “Nightmare” (yes, seriously) made good work of them.

If you were a supervillain – what would you want your name and super power to be?



Fun words: Avuncular

I’ve seen this word before but never actually know what it meant. So I finally looked it up!

Avuncular means: suggestive of an uncle especially in kindliness or geniality.

I gotta admit – if I hadn’t looked it up, I would not have ever figured that one out.

Fun word in a sentence: Aunt Agony’s new husband Andy was so amiable that he was almost the the living definition of avuncular!

If I had to make up a meaning for it – I think I’d have guessed it had something to do with a fun car.

What would you have thought it meant?


Fun phrases: Auld Lang Syne

So…you know what’s even easier than getting into the habit of blogging? Getting out of it! 😦

Will try to do better in the new year. But since I am posting today,  I have to do: Auld Lang Syne.

Rough translation “For old times’ sake” – and it comes from the great Robbie Burns (he even has his own day!).

Happy New Year all!

Fun words:Quixotic

This is a very fun word – and a great choice for Scrabble if you can ever swing it.

Quixotic is defined as: foolishly impractical, especially in the pursuit of ideals. 

It based on “Don Quixote” which – well, it’s a very long book. I suggest you watch “Man of La Mancha” the musical based on it or read the Wikipedia entry if you’d like to get the gist of it. I have read the whole thing but only because I foolishly committed to do a paper on it without realizing how long it was. But basically it’s about a guy who goes nuts and charges around the countryside, thinking he’s a knight and defeating things like ogres (which are actually windmills).

Fun sentence: Quinn considered herself very quixotic, and quite frankly, that led her to quit a lot of quilts she felt weren’t perfect.