Category Archives: Favorite Words

How to Avoid Claggy Fingers…

Claggy: adj. sticky, claggy mud …use a spoon! I came across this great word in Eva Ibbotson’s middle grade book, The Ogre of Oglefort, used to describe a lunch of  “…claggy gray meat with dumplings…” and knew I’d have to post about it. … Continue reading

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A Canorous Way to Awaken

Canorous: pleasant sounding : melodious You’ve heard the Disney version of canorous birdsong in the morning where melodious  whistles and tweets prompt you to hum along as you skip through your morning routine. But what about the rhythm of a chugging dishwasher? Would it have … Continue reading

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Summon that Equerry to Deliver Your E-query!

I came across the word equerry while reading historical fiction and of course this image sprang to mind. If only I could have gotten him to carry a letter, it would’ve been perfect!  

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Beware the Game of Thimblerig

Thimblerig An interesting verb that sounds like a sweet game with fairies, except that it’s really another word for playing the shell game. It means to cheat or bamboozle, but the word bamboozle reminds me of a strong drink made … Continue reading

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Don’t Tear Out Your Hair, Visit the Tonsorial Parlor!

Tonsorial : of or relating to a barber or the work of a barber I’ve had a sore throat for about a week, so when I saw this word from the Merriam-Webster Word of the Day, I figured I could … Continue reading

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Better Late Than Schmutzy…

Schmutzy: dirty or grimy In this case, the all encompassing Holiday letter I had sent in December 2011 was both. This particular one was returned to me today, almost nine months late and after being spilled with water.  What was … Continue reading

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A Wifty Way to Forget

Wifty: eccentrically silly, giddy, or inane : ditzy Here’s a poem first published in 2008 in Hanging Moss Journal. Is the character inane or sane? And how far would you go to forget? A WAY TO FORGET She wants the … Continue reading

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