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Vacuous Vocabulary?


The wonders of iPhonology have allowed me to copy and collect words throughout. I have a tidy little word zoo in my notes files and some words remain oddities to be gaped at, while others become part my lexicon. This year I have collected a list of vocabulary words that range from antiquated to techno lingual. Are these etymological critters known to you?
syllogism
Salmagundi
detritus
ameliorate
penury
tyros
averred
panegyric
chimera
dilatoriness
salubrious
ignominy
sophisms
opprobrium
insouciant
nepenthe
internecine
probity
chiasmus
insouciant
ineffable
eschatological
palimpsest
vitriol
frisson
perjorative
gentian
perspicuity
parousia
demotic
pellucid
obeisance
pelf
elegiac
ineluctable
effulgently
nimbus

These came from hither and thither through my lexiconic ramblings ranging from children’s books to devotional studies to contemporary and classic reads. Is it mindless (my title reference) to collect words? My hopes are to incorporate, refresh, and enfuse my personal dictionary with items from the collection. In actuality, I periodically scroll through the list and gloryosky at them. I like their looks, their sound, and some I like their meaning.

Any of you collect words? Any sharsies?

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9 thoughts on “Vacuous Vocabulary?

  1. *sigh* what a beautiful collection of words. thanks for sharing. i knew some of them, but some look deliciously exciting. i myself also love finding new words and often stick new ones on sticky notes around my desk until i incorporate them into my vocabulary.

  2. insouciant is on the list twice … But I am insouciant about that. Giggle

  3. I think it’s fantastic to collect words. It seems lots of people (according to commercials) are about collecting things, music, shows, etc. I’ve also seen people collect lists of these things, but not the words themselves. When I get a smartphone (someday), I’ll have to make my own word zoo. Thanks for the intelligence!

  4. Lots of wonderful words, I shall enjoy shoehorning them into my writing at some point, thanks! I’m going to use a proper real dictionary BOOK to check out pelf.

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