Friday, February 4, 2011

Caffeinated Randomness: Do you use BIG words?

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Don't use words too big for the subject. Don't say "infinitely" when you mean "very"; otherwise you'll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.  ~C.S. Lewis

I'm a word lover!  I am also a C.S. Lewis lover...but after reading this quote above...I no longer have a desire to meet him (in heaven).  Eek!  Just to think what he'd say about my writing makes me nervous!  HAHA!  I am guilty of coming out with larger than necessary words.  Some words I get from my chemical vocabulary husband.  

For example, before our marriage I NEVER wiped a child's nose and said, "UGH, your boogies are incredibly thick and viscous today!"   Incidentally, I also use viscous when describing batter for various cobbler recipes, etc.  HAHAHA...okay, ew...I'm sorry!

I use big words with the puppy too..."Scruffy, you have impeccable timing.  Why do you have to go out now!"  I'm sure she knows just what I I sigh with exasperation and click on her leash!

I bought a new bathroom spray...something called Moroccan Bazaar.  And every.time. I spray it...I think cloying.  That smell is cloying...not truly pleasant in it's sweet and spiciness.  I also think that about certain perfumes I encounter...or that envelope me around certain women and men!  Ick...cloying.

SO...I'm interested...

What big words do you use in every day conversation...that are zinger vocabulary words?  I love new words...please share!! 

By the by...I disagree with C.S... I have no trouble finding words when I want describe God or any other BIG things in my life.  However, I do understand the need to be careful with certain awesome, for example.  Words that are only appropriate to describe God should probably NOT be used to describe soft socks or chocolate.  I get that.



Jen said...

I say "plethora" a lot. Yeah, that's about all I got.

Michelle said...

Aplumb. I just like the way it sounds. And to think that it means very knowledgeable.

It's Grace said...

I think Mr. Lewis would have a thing or two to say to me as well. For example, I think I overuse the word "love". Maybe some would disagree, but if I get excited about something then I "love it".

Hope you're having an impeccable weekend!! :)

ozjane said...

Pragmatic springs to mind.....and I am not.
I love writing 'iniquitous' letters when I am upset/irate/frustrated/ with something that has been done wrongly. I am quite famous for my iniquitous letters...
discombobulated is another wonderful word.
Thank you for the blog award. I appreciated it but got distracted and now am in blog if you have time. Last two entries and photos.
hugs and I love C S Lewis. and J B Phillips also. Would be nice to chat to Eugene Peterson also.