Day 8 – Words I wish were used more…
As a part of this whole writing more endeavor, I’ve also been trying to read and listen more – articles, books, blogs, radio broadcasts, podcasts…really anything I stumble across that peaks my interests. During this process I have encountered several words that I really wish were in a higher rotation in our daily vocabulary. I’ve chosen today’s writing to highlight just a few and perhaps expand our word bank just a bit – might be fun to pepper your conversation with a couple throughout your coming and goings; or it may just be geeky vocabulary day on the ole blog.
Word Number 1:
Pluck – not in the sense of “I am going to pluck a chicken.” Though I suppose if you have chickens, which does seem to be all the rage these days, you may use the term “pluck” quite often. In this case, however, I mean more along the lines of – “courage or resolution in the face of difficulties.”
This morning I was reading My Upmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers. His admonishment today included this when speaking about “rising to the occasion”: “May God not find the whine in us anymore, but may He find us full of spiritual pluck and athleticism, ready to face anything He brings.” And I literally thought to myself – Pluck, now that’s a word you wish was used more!
Word Number 2:
Aplomb – “imperturbable self-possession, poise, or assurance”. I saw a friend use this word on Facebook today to describe her mother’s ability to navigate a particularly difficult situation. I loved it! Who wouldn’t want to have their child describe them in such a rock star way?!? Sign me up!
Word Number 3:
Nadir – “the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair”. I read this in a letter to the editor by a disgruntled historian who was bemoaning the degradation of her life’s work by a supervisor who had fired her. “Does Mr. Lowe believe that the online publication of the very popular “The Lincoln Log,” the online publication of The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln, Second Edition, and the digitization and online publication of the Sangamo Journal from the Lincoln era are not worthy accomplishments during his alleged 17-year nadir?” Tell me – when have you ever heard or used the word “nadir”? I had to look it up – now I want to use it every day!
Finally…and the heavens rejoiced…
Word Number 4:
Concinnity – “studied elegance of literary or artistic style”. I heard this on NPR this weekend while I was cleaning my bathroom. Both a studied and elegant pursuit, I assure you. They had a very snooty and uppity British chap on talking about how the English language basically went to hell in a hand basket when Americans commandeered the language. He argued that we had lost all concinnity of language and should basically stop talking and writing altogether. Obviously I chuckled and moved on.
Hope you enjoyed this little trip into the totally random geeky-ness of my brain. All definitions are courtesy of Merriam Webster. The quote containing the word Nadir is from a recent Illinois Times publication. The use of aplomb correctly in a sentence can be credited to my friend Nina Cabot Whiting. I believe I have credited the rest of the quotes and near quotes correctly.
See ya tomorrow!
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