New Discoveries from the Vocab Vault


The expanding of one’s vocabulary is a pursuit I consider very important and I’m not just saying this in reference to writing. Even during those particular times in my life when I never entertained thoughts of being a writer, I can still remember keeping a special ‘dictionary’ – created from an ordinary exercise book, where I wrote down any new words I came across and its meaning.

I get very excited when I discover a new word, especially if it sounds weird or comical. I’ll write it down in the hopes that I might get to use it later on. Often this does not happen. Still, it doesn’t hurt to learn a new word. Every newly discovered word is like a brand new gold coin being added to the treasure trove that is your own personal vocabulary.

So, over the past few months, I have stumbled across quite a few weird and wonderful words. Maybe you’ve come across them before or maybe you haven’t, either way I thought I’d share them with you…

Augury. I’ve seen this word so many times but I never knew what it meant. It means the same as an omen or prophecy, a sign of things to come. Its verb, ‘augur’, is not to be confused with ‘auger’, the digging tool for making holes in the ground.

Clubbable (yes this is a word). Adjective. Stranger still, was how I found this term. I was actually looking for a noun that meant someone who was sociable and a party animal (and liked to go clubbing). I looked up ‘sociable’ and found gregarious. On searching ‘gregarious’, I found clubbable, which means “sociable and popular”. Go figure!

Dipsomaniac. Noun. I don’t particularly like the word ‘drunkard’. I wasn’t aware of any other synonyms for it so I searched for another term that meant ‘inebriated’ and low and behold, I came across this gem of a noun! So ladies, if a drunken fool heckles you in a bar, call him a dipsomaniac and tell him to bugger off!!

Jingoistic.  Adjective. This means someone who is excessively supportive of something (I would think similar to fanaticism). In the OED, esp.derog (especially derogatory) is written next to the word so be cautious if you are using this to describe anybody!

Jiggery-pokery. Noun. I thought this was so cute, meaning dishonest behavior. A typically British word but I have no idea how to use this in a sentence. I actually found this in the dictionary by accident while searching for another j-word. Ten brownie-points to the person who can come up with the most original way of employing it in a sentence!

Misanthrope. Noun. I absolutely love this word. I’ve been using it a lot lately for some reason. It means a person who dislikes and avoids other people, not unlike an antisocial recluse.

Cornucopia.  Noun.  I saved this for last as it is my favourite word at the moment. It means an abundant supply of good things.
Comes from a Latin phrase meaning ‘horn of plenty’ and therefore it’s the name given to the famous symbol:  the goat’s horn overflowing with the bounties of nature (see picture).

So, have YOU discovered any funky new words lately?
Oh, do share them in the comments section below, and who knows, maybe I’ll make the Vocab Vault a regular feature on this blog… 🙂

Spell-check please!


So how’s your spelling? Is it pretty sound or is your Oxford Dictionary falling to pieces?

Well I’m happy to admit that spelling is not my Achilles Heel. I think I’m pretty good at it or at least I can say I don’t break a sweat over it.
However as I spend more and more time writing, I noticed that two particular words make me stumble over and over again. No matter how many times I use them, I can never spell them right the first time around. Now these are not ‘big’, scientific terms I’m talking about here. These are common words people use every day.

The word “unfortunately” (thank you Spell-check!) is my official enemy word. A simple word I can never get right. I always seem to misplace the ‘a’ and ‘e’ for some reason.

“Definitely” is another nemesis of mine. My version of the word tends to have more or less ‘i’s’ than it’s suppose to.
I don’t ever have a problem spelling big words like ‘irascible’ or ‘bourgeoisie’ but yet when I type ‘unfortunately’ or ‘definitely’, I’m greeted by that horrible red line that Microsoft Word imposes on us when we misspell a word.

So what’s your enemy word? Surely I can’t be the only one who has problems with specific terms. I know some people have issues with double‘s’ words like ‘necessary’. So come on, tell me your word weakness and make me feel better… 😉