Thursday, April 15, 2010

Because Specificity Is All We Have...

I love words. There are particular words that have the ability to describe a situation better than others. Example: I have recently discovered my affinity towards the term pugnacious. In every paper I write, I use mitigating. Growing up, I frequently used pandemonium. I make an attempt to work vehemently into daily conversations. Immaterial is another particular favorite. One of my most oft used phrases is "Don't be self deprecating, it's annoying." It's much more specific than "Don't make fun of yourself, it's annoying" because deprecating means more than just mocking one's self. Oh oh oh and I also love the term virulent. It rolls of the tongue so nicely. So, dear readers, what are some of your favorite words? Remember, if you haven't got specificity, you haven't got anything.

5 comments:

Cathie said...

I say "Specificity in language is all we have!" when people ask why I correct their word choice. For instance, Brennan said "decimate" the other day, meaning "destroy," which really bothered me, because of all people/characters, she'd be sure to use it to mean "reduce by one tenth."

Kerry said...

Oh I just love to hear you all talk about words and how you use them! I am simple, short (in stature too) to the point and not easily swayed by big or little words. Say what you mean and mean what you say and if you can say it with flare Be My Guest! love you all.

Emzwee said...

Plethora is a favorite word that does so much more than "a lot." I was happy that I knew pronunciation and meaning of all your words but one.

Malinda said...

Triscadecaphobia! That's right the fear of the number thirteen! I'm the Gospel Doctrine teacher in my ward and have recently decided that I will use at least one intensely fun word in all my lessons! It's so exciting!!

e said...

I love the word quintessential. The the pure essence of things. I got that one from good ol' Billy Shakespeare. I don't get to use it often but the days that I do are good days.

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