Word Hoard Weekend: February 8, 2019

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Happy Weekend!

One of my favorite ways to spice up my writing is to learn new vocabulary. So I’ve created a Word Hoard. A Word Hoard is like your own little personal dictionary of your favorite words or phrases.

For the next several weekends, I’ll post my favorite cool, unusual or interesting words. Save them to your Pinterest Word Hoard or pen them on your Free Word Hoard Printable. (Subscribe to my email list to get your printable here. Print off several of these and keep them in a three-ring Writer’s Notebook!)

word hoard weekend

So, my fellow logophiles (lover of words), let’s get started collecting.

Pluviophile

word hoard pluviophile rain lover

You won’t find this word over at Merriam-Webster, but it’s one of my favorites, because I’m definitely a pluviophile. My favorite days are those made up of a nice drizzle or downpour, when I can snuggle up on my couch with my coffee in front of the fireplace.

According to Urban Dictionary, it comes from the Latin word Pluvial, meaning rain, and the suffix -phile, referring to a fondness or attraction.

Ruminate

word hoard weekend ruminate think

Let’s ruminate the word for awhile. While ruminate can mean to think deeply about something or to chew repeatedly for an extended amount of time, I prefer the definition. The word actually derives from the Latin word for rumen, the stomach compartment for ruminate animals, like cows.

Synonyms of ruminate include ponder, meditate, and consider.

Taciturn

word hoard weekend taciturn

Isn’t this a beautiful word? Use it in place of quiet, reserved or uncommunicative.

In my opinion, taciturn is a positive personality trait, as many folks have pointed out:

Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt

Defenestration

word hoard weekend defenestration

I was quite amused that there was a term for this, although recently, it has been used to forcibly remove someone from a high-ranking office (by tossing out of a window or otherwise).

It’s a pretty old word, first used in 1619, according to Merriam-Webster.

Ameliorate

word hoard weekend ameliorate

Ameliorate is a synonym of the verbs to improve or better. It is usually used when the situation being improved is bad or negative in the first place. It is not generally used when something that is already good is being improved upon.

But I do like the sound of this word, and looks good in writing when used correctly.

What are your favorite words? Let me know in the comments!

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