How many words are in your vocabulary? The average high school graduate is said to know about 10,000 words. The average 4-year college graduate is said to know about 20,000 words. Do you have room for any more words in your vocabulary?
Here are some interesting words, which you may not know.
Upon learning an interesting word, if you’re like me, you’ll be tempted to work it into a conversation to improve your vocabulary or just to see the expression on your friends’ faces. Since this is an online conversation, maybe you’re feeling a little motivated now.
If after reviewing this list of thirteen, you feel up for a challenge, please read through to the Word Power Exercise.
Thirteen Interesting Words
Agroof to fall flat on your face
Condign well deserved
Defenestration act of throwing someone out of a window
Deipnosophist one who excels at conversations at the dinner table
Gallinaceous relating to chickens
Glabrous smooth and bald
Inanition mental or spiritual hollowness
Lamia female enchantress or demon
Stegophilist one who climbs buildings for fun
Syzygy alignment of 3 celestial bodies in a straight line
Tmesis separation of the parts of a word by another word, e.g. abso-bloody-lutely
Word Power Exercise:
See how many of these Thirteen Interesting Words (TIW) you can include in a 75 word (or less) comment. The only two rules are: 1. Your comment must make sense, and 2. You may not use any of the TIWs directly beside another one, such as in a list. Have fun, and add your blog address, so visitors can stop by and say Hi.
For more word fun, check out my Twelve Interesting Words post here.
While I don’t believe Hillary Clinton is a lamia; I can understand the label. Agrestic as it may be, many would say a case could be made. However, I believe her strong support for the condign jail sentence of Edward Mann shows her to be a smart woman. Mann was convicted last year of defenestration of his law partner from a 5 story building. Luckily for Mr. Mann his partner was not badly injured (he landed on a stegophilist, who broke his fall). Ms. Clinton made the argument that even if the man was not hurt, punishment was still necessary because of the seriousness of the crime.
Outside My Brain
A stegophilist, whose head is glabrous, once told me about a lamia who, at the risk of sounding agrestic, had an inanition during any syzygy. While eating a gallinaceous meal, this deipnosophist relayed the story of a aleatory act of defenestration, in which the one who went through the window used a explicative ridden tmesis (which was condign) due to the abruptness of being agroof.
The glabrous man walked with a gallinaceous gait. He could never be mistaken for a stegophilist , a pretender of inanition. He sat and Zena, a deipnosophist and as beautiful as a lamia ignored him with a condign sigh and spoke about eclipse and syzygy, which would occur that night. He was agrestic and allowed to agroof, without the help of other diners. His aleatory remarks were like defenestration and Zena used tmesis expressing dismay.
The stegophilists who were recently incarcerated for attempting to climb the exoskeletons of silicon-covered edifices, should have contemplated the internal hubris that motivated their sense of extreme egocentric need for exhibitionism.
William F. Torpey
Notto be agrestic, but if I agroof here, it was aleatory. If you perform defrenestration on me it’s condign. You are a deipnosophist althoug not gallinaceous or glabrous. You don’t suffer inanition, nor are you a lamia; you may be a stegophilist when syzygy is in the heavens, so the tmesis is: This post is fan-freakin’-tastic, and I really DIGG.
OK, this is all fun and stuff – but how the heck do you pronouce these things?
Here is my spin:
Rob, a deipnosophist, was having a condign dinner atop a high-rise. The waitress was a lamia, but full of inanition. An agrestic fellow complained about the gallinaceous and glabrous eggs. Rob performed an act of defenestration with the jerk but in an aleatory move, he somehow followed and they struck a stegophilist on the way down. In a syzygy like formation they explicated in a tmesis manner before they were all agroof.