Sunday, August 07, 2005

Cool Ass Word of the Week! (CAWOW!)

I am a bit of a language buff. Presently, I’ve got three of them under my belt. English (duh), Spanish, and American Sign Language. I’d like to add French to that list, but I have yet to actively pursue learning it. Someday. Perhaps when our house is done. HA! As if. I'll be all retired and shit and won't be interested in learning anything what with all the beer consumption going on.

Anyway, I also dig words in general. I’m a huge fan of expanding my vocabulary and am constantly looking up words that catch my interest. I’ve decided to start doing some homework I assign myself to give a little structure to the endeavor of learning and using new words. Each Sunday, if I can manage to stick to a routine, I’ll pick a new word, which I’ll post here. I’m open for suggestions, so feel free to toss some good ones out there.

The assignment will be to use that word throughout the week. On the following Sunday, before I post the next Cool Ass Word of the Week (hereafter called CAWOW!) I’ll let you know how and when I used it. Y’all can also join in on the fun of that, if you’re so inclined. I know you’re super-duper excited, so let’s start with this week’s word:

adj 1 : twee --> affectedly dainty or refined (adj.all)
Synonyms: dainty, mincing, niminy-piminy, prim, twee

similar: refined

I fucking love the word twee for some reason. But, twee is mine...Hee.

The trouble with this assignment will be using the CAWOW!s in a manner that doesn't sound too contrived, because I hate getting caught using fancy words on purpose. We shall see. I'll be sure to let you know if anyone rolls their eyes at my usage of a fancy word.

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junebee said...

We must have been friends in a former life - beer (mmmm...Homer Simpson voice), cat named Zander, love of words. My languages are English (most
of the time!), Spanish and Mandarin
Chinese.

A word of the week sounds great. Here's some sources I use just for my own
knowledge.

http://www.wordsmith.org/words/today.html
http://www.wordspy.com/
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/

Wordspy is more geared toward new words
originated in business or the Internet.

You could do what Groovy Vic does for
her Hot Guy Friday and solicit suggestions from readers.
http://groovyvic.blogspot.com/

Zube Girl said...

Mmmm...If I lived anywhere near Florida, I would surely come over and drink beer with ya!

Actually Junebee, I like the idea of my dear readers suggesting words. I think it'll make the assignment a little more challenging for me.

So, if anyone is up for providing me with next weeks word, I'd appreciate it.

kyknoord said...

Well, someone needs to get the CAWOW ball rolling, so it may as well be me. I'm rather fond of 'dulcet', especially when used for humourous effect.

Zube Girl said...

Kyknoord- Thank you! I was starting to get nervous!

Storm said...

yay! I like cawow!

I'd have said so yesterday, but I wasn't online.

Anonymous said...

Check out this word - pulchritudinous. It's such an ugly word to use in a sentence compared to its meaning.

Dutch Oven said...

That was me, forgot to add my pulchritudinous name.

Zube Girl said...

Storm- Sweet.

Dutch Oven- THAT is a fucking good word. I'm taking notes, so keep 'em coming.

junebee said...

If it refers to chickens, would it be
"poultrytudinous"?...

Here's a word I was FORCED to look up when I read another blog. I could not even begin to guess the meaning. It is
"terpsichorean" and appears here:
http://swingingkumquat.blogspot.com/

(Get your mind out of the gutter. This is not a kinky blog despite the use of "Swinging" in the URL)

 

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