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Thirteen Words I Like

I don’t think I’ve ever used them in my writing, but I like them anyway.

In no particular order:

  1. vermicular
  2. forlorn
  3. mansuetude
  4. indurate
  5. trichotillomania
  6. impuissant
  7. subreption
  8. attitudinize
  9. semelparous
  10. deglutition
  11. hibernaculum
  12. dégringolade
  13. apodictic

18 comments to “Thirteen Words I Like”

  1. Alice Audrey
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 2:57 pm · Link

    The only one I’ve used is “forlorn.”



  2. Shelley Munro
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Hmm, just wait while I get my dictionary. :)



  3. Tempest Knight
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 9:13 pm · Link

    Are these in English? *looks a dictionary* I don’t see how I can fit “mansuetude” a dialogue between my hero and heroine. Hehehe! Happy TT!



  4. Adelle Laudan
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 9:38 pm · Link

    Great list, Good scrabble words lol Happy T13!



  5. Jennifer Shirk
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 9:50 pm · Link

    Quick! Someone get me a dictionary! I’ve never used any og those either. :)



  6. pjazzypar
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 10:16 pm · Link

    I kind of like attitudinize. I am going to try and work that one into a conversation.



  7. Mel (silentdreamer)
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 10:16 pm · Link

    Wow. I agree. I need a dictionary…



  8. Stephanie
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Great list! I think the only one I’ve ever used is forlorn. :)



  9. Terra
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Oh my… Here I thought I was pretty well read and I don’t know some of these! :P



  10. Bethanne
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 11:35 pm · Link

    I– um, I don’t recognize any of those words..okay, forlorn. I recognize that one…and maybe a root or two in the others. LOL. Great list. I have some research to do. My favorite word is Nincompoop. Followed by Ninny. Think Hayley Mills saying, Don’t be such a Ninny!



  11. Jennifer McKenzie
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 11:46 pm · Link

    I love these!!!! I realized I was using tough words when my editor asked me what “lachrymose” meant. I love to find and use words like that.
    But they get edited out every time. I hear you.



  12. Phoebe Jordan
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    · July 25th, 2008 at 12:10 am · Link

    Happy T13! I love your list today very cool and very interesting. I don’t know any of those words but I’m going to find out about them. Hope to see you at my 11th edition about Catherine Anderson at Talk About My Favorite Authors blog.



  13. Heather L
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    · July 25th, 2008 at 12:19 am · Link

    Ooh…great words. I recognize a few of those. *grin*

    And Jennifer–an editor didn’t know what “lachrymose” meant??



  14. Chelle
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    · July 25th, 2008 at 12:45 am · Link

    I’d need a dictionary for sure! I recognized 3 of them! :)



  15. Paige Tyler
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    · July 25th, 2008 at 1:12 am · Link

    Great list!

    *hugs*
    Paige

    My TT is at http://tinyurl.com/4zejcp



  16. Nadia Lee
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    · July 24th, 2008 at 5:17 pm · Link

    Alice — I’ve used forlorn & vermicular (but later had to get rid of them).

    Shelley — I tried to use the following line in my story once: You trichotillomania-inducing SOB! Everyone vetoed that line. LOL.



  17. Elaine
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    · July 25th, 2008 at 5:03 am · Link

    are those real words? lolol happy TT!



  18. Nadia Lee
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    · July 25th, 2008 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Yes, ladies! They’re real words. :)

    Tempest — Oh…I’d love to be able to use manseutude somewhere, but I doubt I’ll ever be able to.

    Adelle — thanks! Happy T13 to you too!

    Pjazzypar — attitudinize is a great word, isn’t it? LOL

    Stephanie — I sometimes say forlorn, and BF said I was like the only one he knew who used that word regularly. LOL.

    Terra — I don’t think it’s the reading. I learned these words by subscribing to M&W’s Word of the Day mailing list.

    Bethanne — Ninny LOL.

    Jennifer — she didn’t know?! She kinda could’ve looked it up or something. I’m a bit surprised that she didn’t. And I hear ya on the cool words getting edited out. ;)

    Phoebe — I’ll definitely stop by!

    Chelle — Three’s always great. ;)

    Paige — thanks!

    Happy TT, everyone!



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