I’m a list maker. I have a “We’re All Out of…” list, a “Wants (Not Needs) List” (because it’s important to know the difference and I have way more wants than needs) and a dynamic “Must-Read list”. Recently I started a “Word List” because it goes without saying that I love words and I am trying to increase my vocabulary. My first attempt at introducing a new word into everyday conversation at home went pretty much the same way as the Titanic’s maiden voyage.
Here’s how it played out:
“J, is this what I think it is?”
“What?” Shouts response as he removes headphones.
“Is this sugar cane peeking out from underneath the printer on your desk?”
“What does it look like?”
“Well it looks like it could have once been a piece of sugar cane but then it could also be a piece of moldering bamboo.”
“It’s sugar cane.”
“Where did you get sugar cane?” (Really a legitimate question considering where we live and the time of year)
“R gave me some.”
“I think this sugar cane should be defenestrated.”
Now it is possible – highly likely in fact – that I did not use this word correctly because J let out one long sigh and went back to watching Youtube. “Defenestration” means “to throw something or someone out the window” and while it did not in fact elicit a response from my teenage son I did get to pronounce this word out loud.
I stumbled upon another new word this week. It’s adumbration (n). The verb “adumbrate” means to “foreshadow vaguely” or “to suggest, disclose, partially disclose”. Synonyms include to “foreshadow” and “harbinger”. I’ll have to slip it in somewhere in my novel…
What ‘new’ words have you discovered recently?