One of Blogher’s May writing lab prompts from last week was: What is a new word you learned recently? Can you take a photo to convey the definition?
v. – transform, especially in a surprising or magical manner
I can’t think of anything to transmogrify, but this is more about learning new words than it is about that word itself. I never was great at following directions.
I mean, look at that. Mark-ass buster is a synonym for pusillanimous.
I write down new words as I come upon them — in books, magazines, newspapers, online, conversation. But, more than that, I do word searches online sometimes, specifically for new words or synonyms or antonyms of words I already know. I copy pages out of the GRE study guide. Because, words.
So many words.
Garrote was in a book recently and while I have no instance in which to use it (right now), I love how it’s an unassuming word. You’d never know from looking at it that it’s related to strangulation.
So many dark words.
There are multiple Post-Its in my purse(s) just with words written on them. Words I’ve overheard, words I need to remember. There are 106 notes entries in my phone with words. Just words. Sometimes there are definitions, but usually not. I still need to look them up, or I remember already but can’t throw away the word.
I know the benefit of using ordinary words that everyone will understand. There’s no reason to use words that will purposefully go over folks’ heads, but that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy them (and use them when/where warranted).
You’ll notice these sheets are from ’07. Yup. I tend to retain stuff. There’s a pile at home that dates back farther.
Here’s my desk at work:
Each of these Post-Its, note pads, and slips of paper holds one or more words. There is no validity in this being an issue.