For the last couple of years, I have been intentionally and geekily expanding my vocabulary. Every time I come across a word that I either don’t know or half know (the rule is, if I don’t know it well enough to use it myself, it goes in the pile), I make it into an index card. Then I look at my word collections, here and there, by bathtubs and play-scapes, until at some point, they go in.
And then I find words that seem to belong together somehow. They hang around in the same neck of the woods; like salacious, libidinous and prurient who lurk in the bushes, rubbing their thighs and making lewd jokes.
For today however, I wanted to consider these two words:
They snipe and moan about anything and everything. The captious young man caviled about the service in the hotel. I’m never going on holiday with him again.