A couple of months ago, I engaged in conversation with a new food bank client. He told me about his life and his education. He shared his love of grammar and communication. He told me that he was so proud of his granddaughter, who at the age of 3, correctly used the word “ubiquitous” in a sentence.
Hard to believe, right? He may have been lying about this. Though who in their right mind would lie about this type of thing?
Either way, it matters not. This conversation, however, did get me thinking, as a former English major, about this basic fact: I love words. Especially unique ones. Ones that are fun to say. Words that have a super special ability to convey precisely the right sentiment at the right moment.
And of course, I was prompted to look up the actual definition of the word “ubiquitous”. You know, just to double check my understanding of it’s meaning. It’s been a few years since I was an English major.
According to good old Merriam-Webster:
: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered:
Allow me to use this beautiful word in a sentence:
One could say that the smell of weed on Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado was ubiquitous.
Here’s a few more lovely words to nerd out on:
1a: anxiety arising from awareness of guilt compunctions of conscience
b: distress of mind over an anticipated action or result… showed no compunction in planning devilish engines of … destruction.— Havelock Ellis
2: a twinge of misgiving : SCRUPLE cheated without compunction… he had no compunction about brushing aside legal technicalities.— Robert Penn Warren
Used in a sentence:
Attorney General William Barr summarized the Mueller report without compunction.
: a disturbance or commotion typically caused by a dispute or conflict In all the kerfuffle, nobody seemed to have noticed Harry, which suited him perfectly.— J. K. RowlingIt’s not the only school with dress code issues; almost every week there’s a local story about some kerfuffle over what kids wear to school.— Belinda Luscombe
In a sentence: Despite all the kerfuffle made by the Chicago police and the media at large, the case against Jussie Smollett has been thrown out.
: marked by or given to vehement insistent outcry
What a great word, that vociferous.
In sentence form:
I vociferously disagree with climate change deniers.
2a: characteristic of a fopa foppish dressing gown
b: behaving or dressing in the manner of a fop
A sentence for this word:
Trump’s cronies are often quite foppish; just look at Roger Stone.
: a timid, meek, or unassertive person
In the form of a sentence:
Hubs has been telling me for a while now that he believes the democrats are too milquetoast.
Now I’d like to hear from you, readers who appreciate words like I do: What are some words you enjoy using?
6 thoughts on “Word Nerd”
Such fun! I am a total word nerd. Kerfuffle is a great word but slacks will always be my favorite word–maybe because it reminds me of my mom and her generation. We don’t hear that word much any more, but I think it has a nice ring!
Glad you enjoyed the post! Slacks-that does remind me of my parent’s generation too. Like the word “davenport” for couch!
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Yes, and we had a “credenza” not a “sideboard” at home???
I LOVED your sentence examples! 😀
I used to make up the most outrageous sentences for my vocab tests in school, at first just for me but then I realized the teacher was enjoying them.
Thank you, glad you appreciated it! I bet your teacher thought it was pretty awesome 🙂
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I do remember getting some smiley faces from it, yes. 😀