Lexical Love

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.

One response to “Lexical Love”

  1. Alison

    I love your slow and steady way with certain things.

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