day 22, anything is blog-worthy
[Here was a paragraph on my suffering, but I erased it. Marvel at my restraint.]
Anyway, I wanted to be brief today, but then I remembered this post by Rachel of the many talents and the new Yorkie (which, oh my god, squee!). She mentions that for her to enjoy a short post, its author needs to have a decent vocabulary.
Which makes perfect sense, but it also causes self-consciousness in people like me. Do I have the right to post short? Is my vocabulary decent or does it need to put on more clothes? Am I articulate enough for Rachel and the rest of you to like me?
So I performed a simple experiment, where I visited ten ‘Word of the Day’ pages to see if I knew the words. Observe:
1) deipnosophist – someone skilled in table talk. I didn’t know this word before. I’m not likely to remember it, either. Nor am I skilled in table talk.
2) victual – food usable by people. This one I knew, but its pronunciation befuddled me. It’s one of the words I recognize in writing, but have never heard pronounced.
3) titian – a bright reddish or golden auburn colour. Didn’t know this one, would probably have understood it in a sentence from context. It’s rather straightforward really.
4) ardent – showing or having warmth of feeling, passionate. Well, duh.
5) pumpkin – do we really need a definition? Hee hee hee!
6) disparity – difference in quality or kind. Understand it well. Haven’t used it in a sentence.
7) poultrarian – a person who eats vegetarian food and select cuts of chicken and turkey. I know several people like that. Didn’t know the word. I also encourage you to check out yesterday’s word on that website. Unless you’re my mom. Then stay away from there!
8) assiduous – diligent, unceasing, persistent. Uh-huh.
9) Molotov cocktail – a type of petrol bomb. I’d rather I didn’t know what this meant.
10) monument – something that stands to keep something in remembrance. Har har at the definition. Yes, I knew the word.
Okay, result: seven out of ten, including ‘pumpkin’. (Does that compromise the purity of my experiment?) Here’s a challenge: could you use all ten in one sentence? I guess today’s lesson is that I’m okay, but just to be safe I should make my posts longer to compensate for the lack of interesting words.
Best not done while I’m on painkillers.