I hardly ever showcase it ’cause I hate to sound like a know-it-all, but y’all, I have a prodigious vocabulary, so I only rarely come across a word I don’t know.  When I do, I add it to my page A Writer’s Reliquary.

The other day, I was reading Benjamin Dreyer’s liberating article “Three Writing Rules to Disregard” (https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2019/02/01/three-writing-rules-to-disregard/, last accessed 2/7/19) when I encountered this sentence: “Ending a sentence with a preposition (as, at, by, for, from, of, etc.) isn’t always such a hot idea, mostly because a sentence should, when it can, aim for a powerful finale and not simply dribble off like an old man’s unhappy micturition.”  If you want to freshen up your writing style, I encourage you to pop on over to Dreyer’s article after you finish up here.

I’ll probably never use that word in a sentence, but I found it interesting enough to collect and share.  You can find out what it means if you’d like by clicking the linked word above.

Y’all have any rare & interesting words to share?  Give ’em to me in the Comments section below.


13 thoughts on “Wordhoarder

  1. I have learned something very important about you from this post. That is that you haven’t seen The Great Lebowski, or if you have, you did not notice the use of the word “micturate” when applied to actions taken on Lebowski’s carpet. And it really did hold the room together.

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      1. I read that and I’m grateful to myself for doing so. I am currently working on my book (I’m not sure if you got mailing lost invitation please let me know if you haven’t).
        I was worried about editing because some times it’s hard to tell what’s wrong and what’s right. But then after reading a big chunk of Google it boiled down to personal style. It’s right when it feels right to you.
        But what you shared specifically does make sense.
        Better end it with a bang than a whimper.

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  2. I love words! And this is soooo creative. What a find! I don’t have any rare English words for you. But I will give you the equivalent of urinating in Turkish: “işemek”. Don’t repeat it out loud, it’s pretty vulgar 😀

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  3. I agreed with his first point, but somewhat disagreed with his second when it pertains to dialogue. If it would be more realistic for the character to speak in such a way, then I would prefer realism over correct grammar.

    An interesting word: valetudinarian. I saw this word used in Emma and, for some reason, this is one of the few times a new word learn that I’ve googled has stuck in my mind. If I recall correctly, I think it’s somewhat synonymous to a person who is a hypochondriac.

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