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.
I only recently came across this word – and it’s awesome! It’s actually a German word, but has apparently made its way into the English language.
Weltschmerz is descried as: a world weariness felt from a perceived mismatch between the ideal image of how the world should be with how it really is.
I gotta say – I think that’s a pretty common feeling these days.
Fun sentence: Wally was wallowing with weltschmerz and wondering if there were any Wagon Wheel snacks left.
If you’d like to learn more, or just sound pretentious at a party, check out this great article from Mental Floss: How to tell whether you’ve got angst, ennui, or weltschmerz.
This is a fun one to say out loud. Cahoots. We’re in cahoots with each other.
Cahoots is defined as: colluding or conspiring together secretly.
This is the sample I found it used in: “the area is dominated by guerrillas in cahoots with drug traffickers”
No, no, no.
Cahoots is WAY too silly a word to be used for such a serious thing.
I like something like: Katie the Cat and Queen Hoots the Owl were in cahoots and planning a conspiracy to corner the canine cookie market.
One cat and one owl in cahoots!
So this one can be Razzamatazz or Razzmatazz depending on whether you’re using American or British spelling. It’d be an awesome Scrabble word except you don’t get that many letters to work with and I don’t think there’s 4 Z’s in the game.
Razzmatazz is defined primarily as razzle dazzle (even the definition has 4 Z’s) but also double-talk which was a new one for me. The Merriam Webster’s English as a second language dictionary defines it as: noisy and exciting activity meant to attract attention which is not as fun as razzle dazzle but much easier to understand.
Used in a sentence:
Chaz was really into jazz and wanted to make a splash with a new show with a lot of razzamatzz!
There’s also a plant called Echinacea Razzmattaz – this is what it looks like:
I just love the way this word sounds. It’s defined as “fussy about small details” or “having the characteristics of a snob” and it’s the kind of word when you say it out loud it just *sounds* snobbish or fussy when you use it.
Percy was very persnickety and particular about his persimmons and pepitas. He considered himself a very posh and persnickety person.
There’s no way to find an image of persnickety but I did find one of persimmons!