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Okay, if you’re not truly familiar with exactly what a geek I really am, this will confirm it for you. My sisters (and the brother I never asked for) are at this moment nodding their heads and trying to come up with some witty comment to post here. Forget it, guys~I’m walking through the door myself.

As a wordsmith, I come across some really cool words. And as a geek, I catalogue these words in my head on my “favourite word list.” I just heard one that was immediately added to my list, but first I will show you some of what’s on the list:

cacophony ~ (cah-cough-ann-ie)~harsh noises, a discordant combination of sounds, a dissonance. I love this word because of its consonant sounds. The “hard c” sounds are (oddly enough) pleasant to my ears, and beyond that, its definition is interesting.

capricious ~ (cah-prish-oush)~full of whimsy or erratic. This word describes someone who is *not me*, but in some ways, I wish I was more capricious. Beyond that, it has that “hard c” sound in it.

ubiquitous ~ (yoo-bih-quit-uss)~existing everywhere at one time; omnipresent. I’m a fan of this word because it can describe more than God; it can describe noises, sounds, music, thoughts, etc. Ex. “The ubiquitous, shrill cacophony of reports regarding “health” is about all one can hear when listening to the news these days.” Okay, I get extra credit for that one; I used two of my favourite words in one sentence. 😉

ostentatious ~ (oss-ten-ta-shus)~showy, conspicuously showy in an attempt to impress people. I don’t like this word for anything other than its sound. It has a great sound on the tongue and to my ears, despite the fact that I’m not crazy about what it actually means.

loquacious ~ (low-quay-shuss)~someone who is exceptionally gabby, wordy, or chatty. Okay, this word is my newest addition and is just cool. It sounds good as it rolls off the tongue, but it’s a word that is not often-enough used, I think. The syllables almost say more about what it means that its actual definition does.

It’s entirely possible that I also have a fondness for “ious” words, too, looking at my partial list. Mark calls them $50-words, and I have to admit, I don’t use them as much as I’d like to. Someone told me many years ago that it sounds “pretentious” to use such words because the majority of people don’t understand them. But when I look up “pretentious,” in addition to meaning “showy,” and “an assumption of dignity,” it also means “acting as though one is more dignified/qualified/etc., especially undeservedly.” And for anyone who knows me, I’m not that kind of person. I don’t pretend to be something I’m not, but I am somewhat well-read, and being a wordsmith, I use interesting words in conversation. Not because I’m putting on airs or trying to be something I’m not, but because this is who I am.

It’s taken me a while to get past the idea that if I use words that are out of the mainstream that I’m being phony or ostentatious, but I think there’s a part of me that has a hard time discarding criticism (valid or not), especially if someone in a position of influence or power in my life has uttered the criticism. And as my confidence has increased, I’ve been able to look at things I’ve held on to and determine if they’re valid or not. The fact is that someone can judge me however they want. But without knowing me or my heart, they simply cannot make a valid judgment.

So with my (newfound) freedom and my love for interesting words, I’m going to continue to expand my horizons and find and use interesting words. And if you don’t think I’m too much of a geek, you might keep reading. 😉
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  • http://www.g2c.net Pa Zaah, Brother I never asked for, that guy, hey you,or Isaiah

    Did I miss something or did you not say what your new word was in this blog?

  • http://www.mamasheartblog.com sue

    Yep, you missed it…it’s “loquacious.” It even says so in the definition and comment area after the word! 😉