Words that only a writer could love

I’ve always thought that words were the coolest thing. As a kid (and now as an adult) my idea of a good time was reading dictionaries. For me, discovering new words – the weirder the better – was more fun than a box of bunnies.

I suppose that’s not much of a surprise – I don’t know any writer who doesn’t love words. Readers love words too. There’s a certain magic, a certain power in a well placed word – even if most your friends have no idea what you’re talking about when using it. In fact, maybe some of your friends and family have word shamed you – accused you of using a $20,000 word when a $3 word would do, right?

Following is a list of a few of my favorites:

Discombobulate: Don’t you just love the sound of that word? It conjures up pictures of machines deconstructing or things blowing up, right.
Definition: To upset or confuse.
Aunt Myrna was discombobulated by the food fight at the family picnic.

Fetching: This was once a fav in romance novels.
Definition: Attractive, pleasing to the eye
Her raven hair and bright green eyes fringed with thick lashes made her quite the fetching lass.

Balderdash: So Wodehouse, right?
Definition: Foolish words or ideas
According to the World Health Organization, the idea that one can contract Swine flu from eating pork chops is pure balderdash.

Peckish: A word you’re more likely to hear down south.
Definition: Slightly hungry : Irritated or annoyed
Let’s stop for lunch – I’m a might peckish.

Gumption: A word Jimmy Stewart could’ve uttered with a straight face.
Definition: Courage and confidence
What we need here is a little gumption – give those high and mighty bankers what they deserve. That’ll teach ‘em.

Drivel: Don’t you just love the sound of this word?
Definition: To talk in a very foolish or silly way
I’m so tired of TV, nothing but one-dimensional characters talking drivel to one another.

Drubbing: Now here’s a word you can sink your teeth into
Definition: To beat severely : To berate critically
After the drubbing the actor received from the NY Times critic, he cried like a baby.

Licentious: Sounds kind of dirty, doesn’t it?
Definition: Sexually immoral or offensive
Though 50 Shades of Grey was lauded as a romance, it was really a licentious tale of two very troubled people.

Licketysplit: You can feel the motion in this word, can’t you?
Definition: Fast. Quick. At great speed
Get cracking boy – time to move it – licketysplit.

Maw: I love this three letter word, it’s dark, it’s sinister and so easy to spell.
Definition: The mouth, jaws, or throat of an animal
His heart was a gaping maw of blackness.

So, what are your favorite words? Share them with us. Why do you like them? Have you been word shamed too? What happened?

Writer Chick
Copyright 2015

18 thoughts on “Words that only a writer could love

  1. Learnt a few more exquisite words from this . Thank you 😃
    Here’s from my favorites :
    Dapple , it’s a cute word
    Definitiin : a spot or motted marking
    Delirium : State of mental array
    Aura : Atmospheric , distinctive and pervasive char or quality
    Marionette : i bet you know the definition of this one
    Sylph : graceful, fairy woman .
    Vernal : pertaining ti spring
    Loquacious : talkative
    Turgid : Pompous / swollen
    Insidious : Subtle , seductive and treacherous 👈 Probably my most favorite word 😊😊😊😊
    Hope ypu enjoyed it . Thanks for a great and an informative read.
    Cheers 👍👍

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  2. All great words. I especially like ‘discombobulate’, which I’ve known about for years but only ever seen actually used a couple of times. One of those instances was in a very silly ‘spoof trailer’ about Charles Darwin (starring Dana Carvey). I use ‘drubbing’ reasonably often, in my books. Ain’t English a wonderful language!

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    1. Hi Matthew,

      I especially love discombobulate too – actually it was quite often around my house when I was a kid. Go figure. Oh and drubbing, what a fine, fine word. What kind of books do you write?

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