Question o’ the day: where have all the good words gone? What has happened to the adjectives that used to make our language so rich and tasty? Has our culture effectively wiped out all but curse words as a way to enrich our conversation?
I ask, because I care.
“Elinor agreed to it all, for she did not think he deserved the compliment of rational opposition.”
Priceless. Here’s today’s translation:
“She thought he was a blowhard asshole.”
Doesn’t do nearly so much for me.
I dream of a time when things were odious instead of “gross”, a person who was “nice” was affable, and instead of becoming “pissed off”, one became vexed. In those days, if someone was condescending to you, it made your day, charity was not a disgrace but a blessing, and every woman longed to be handsome.
Alas, we cannot return to those days. But we can fight against the tide of lackluster description and unimaginative interjections by choosing to enrich our own vocabulary. We can arm ourselves with brilliant words and lob them at banal conversation like grenades of enlightenment. We can be guerrillas in the fight against vapid vocabulary! WHO WILL JOIN ME?!
Okay then. Here are a few words that I expect you to wield vigorously and frequently in the days to come. Feel free to add to the list and share with the group.
Pulchritudinous [puhl-kri-TOOD-n-uh s]: characterized by or having great physical beauty and appeal. “Why does that pulchritudinous guy have to be my cousin?” (this word is a favorite of my eldest daughter and she would be extremely vexed if I did not include )
Swoonworthy [SWOON-wer-thee]: worthy of swooning over. “The new scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby is positively swoonworthy.” (I kid you not, I thought that I had invented this word, but I did a google search and found that it is already being bandied about! Huzzah!)
ennui [ahn-WEE]: A feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest. “I suffer from ennui when I hear most conversation these days.” (My brother used this word in a high school poetry assignment and I have viewed him as a Truly Great Writer ever since)
Wally [WAH-lee]: cheap or flimsy. “That particleboard desk is just so wally.” (This one I really did make up, as a substitute for the old term “mickey mouse” as describing something inexpensive. Have you been in the Disney Store lately?)
You have your orders. Now get that camo on and get out there!