Words And More Words

I haven’t been able to get a post together to save my life these past few weeks. Half a dozen fragments of ’em are littering my hard drive, but (for whatever reason) it’s been a struggle to put anything together in a whole and cohesive manner. The content that follows isn’t much better, but it’s something. There are times when something just has to be enough, and I guess this is one of them.

I like words a lot. Curious, unusual, pretty words. They have soothing powers, like chamomile tea on a winter’s evening, or popping bubble wrap, or a good hug.  It’s not much of a wonder that I should turn to another list of words in this, my time of blogging discontent.  I did it once already, with The Fabulous Vocabulary Of Les Miserables.

This list is a lot shorter and less fantastic. Mostly because they were not taken from a work of fiction by Victor Hugo, but by a work of fiction by me. The work in its entirety is just over 70,000 words long at present, and these are my favorite individual selections from among them all. In short, they are my favorite words that I myself have been at leisure to use.

This feels like a really conceited sort of thing to share with the public, but I’m going to go ahead and try to ignore that. Y’all are welcome to ignore it, too. It’ll be better if we all just sit back and enjoy some nice, relaxing vocabulary.


1. Labyrinthine

adjectiveof, pertaining to, or resembling a labyrinth.

2. Pribbling

adjective- trivial and quarrelsome, as in, “Thou pribbling ill-breeding pigeon”. Modern dictionaries do not recognize this word, but if it’s good enough for Shakespeare, it’s good enough for me.

3. Coppice

noun- a thicket or dense growth of small trees or bushes, esp one regularly trimmed back to stumps so that a continual supply of small poles and firewood is obtained

4. Ingenue

noun- the part of an artless, innocent, unworldly girl or young woman, especially as represented on the stage.

5. Tatterdemalion

adjective- ragged; unkempt or dilapidated.

6. Squishy

adjective- soft and yielding to the touch.

7. Fetching

adjective- attractively befitting.

8. Cadaverous

adjective- of or like a corpse, esp in being deathly pale; ghastly

9. Opalescent

adjective- having or emitting an iridescence like that of an opal

10. Gibberish

noun- rapid chatter like that of monkeys; incomprehensible talk; nonsense

11. Gawky

adjective- awkward; ungainly; clumsy.

12. Inscrutable

adjective- incapable of being seen through physically

13. Rumpus

noun- a noisy, confused, or disruptive commotion

14. Chuffy

adjective- churlish, surly

15. Impervious

adjective- not permitting penetration or passage; impenetrable: The coat is impervious to rain.

16. Perspicuous

adjective- clearly expressed or presented; lucid.

17. Countervail

verb- to act or avail against with equal power, force, or effect; counteract.

18. Serpentine

adjective- of, characteristic of, or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement.

19. Enclave

noun- any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one

20. Fortnight

noun- the space of fourteen nights and days; two weeks.

If anyone can come up with a plot based on this list, please share it in the comments section. There is a 99.9% chance it will be better than the one I used, and a just-slightly-lower chance that I will steal it from you.


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