Oh, September. So far you have not disappointed me! The cooler breezes feel wonderful, and I don’t even mind the clouds and rain. It’s cozy.
Today’s word makes me picture a gaudy New Year’s Eve party:
Clinquant is an adjective that means “glittering with gold or tinsel.” It was first used in 1591 and comes from Middle French, from present participle of clinquer to glitter; literally, to clink.
Everyone loves a little gold, right?
I have so much I want to write. So many new ideas, on top of insights and questions and observations… But I’ve been tired. Bone-deep exhaustion fogs the majority of my waking hours; I don’t know what it’s like to not be tired anymore.
Today’s word is a happy one:
Redolent has two definitions in the Merriam-Webster dictionary that I enjoy very much:
2 a : full of a specified fragrance : scented
- “air redolent of seaweed”
The word of the day has been buzzing around in my head since yesterday. Does that ever happen to you? Do you ever get a word or a phrase stuck in your head?
It happens to me a lot. I try to write them down in my notebook, or on a scrap of paper, or the notepad on my phone.
Today’s word is:
Mellifluous is an adjective. It means a pleasantly flowing quality, suggestive of music; it tends to describe voices. Synonyms include lyrical, mellow, melodic, and musical.
To me, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Jim Morrison, David Gilmour, Billie Holiday, Cate Blanchett, and Tracy Chapman are among the people with the most mellifluous voices. Morgan Freeman has a mellifluous voice, too, of course, but that’s an easy one.
It’s interesting to me that the most pleasing voices are low, deep, and slow, and therefore typically masculine. Antonyms of mellifluous, like grating, are used to describe higher pitched female voices. Hmm. When you think of someone with an irritating, grating, squeaky, or monotonous voice, whose do you hear?
Since I have hit a wall creatively, I have decided to begin something new. Every Wednesday, I will post a word I really REALLY enjoy. There are many words in the English language – some gross me out, some remind me of soft and fluffy things, while others evoke dark things that thrive in deep shadowy places.
Today’s word is:
Truculent is an adjective. It means fierce; cruel; vitriolic; scathing; aggressively hostile; belligerent. Its origin is Latin, the roots of which mean savage and pitiless.
Can you think of anyone who fits this description?
I can think of a few. From real life, and from pop culture.
Who comes to mind:
- Wolverine (hello aggressively hostile)
- Donald Trump (vitriolic)
- Yosemite Sam
Bad guys tend to be truculent – but some heroes can fall in there, too.
Be careful 😉