New Words to Improve your Vocabulary

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 The more I read, the more I find out that there are plenty of words I don’t even know exist and have no idea what it means. Most of the words below come from the book “Fallen Leaves” by Will Durant, the same author of the eleven volumes of “Story of Civilization”. The man is brilliant, erudite and his writings leave you with some thought provoking ideas. I enjoy reading his books. I always want to read “Story of Civilization” but that will be my lifetime goal. My husband did it by reading one book a year. He also read other books besides that. Usually he has three books going on at the same time. It took him 11 years to finish the whole series of “Story of Civilization”. I’m thinking of doing the same thing.  Possibly starting in Jan. 2018.

Here are a baker’s dozen words to enlarge your vocabulary this month:

1.       susurrus – (noun) – a whispering or rustling sound.

2.      herm – (noun) – a statue in the form of a square stone pillar surmounted by a bust or head esp. of Hernes.

3.      soporific – adjective – causing or tending to cause sleep; tending to dull awareness or alertness; of, relating to, or marked by sleepiness or lethargy.

4.      syllogism –noun – a deductive scheme of formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion (as in “every virtue is laudable, kindness is virtue; therefore kindness is laudable”); a subtle, specious, or crafty argument; deductive reasoning.

5.      maudlin – adjective – drunk enough to be emotionally silly; weakly and effusively sentimental.

6.      bathos – noun – the sudden appearance of the commonplace in otherwise elevated matter or style.

7.      sardonic – adjective – disdainfully or skeptically humorous; derisively mocking.

8.     contumely – noun – rude language or treatment arising from haughtiness and contempt.

9.      ebullition – noun – a sudden violent outburst or display.

10.  steatopygia – noun – an excessive development of fat on the buttocks esp. of females that is common among the Hottentots and some Negro peoples.

11.   vassalage – noun – the homage, fealty, or services due from a vassal; a position of subordination or submission (as to a political power),

12.  nostrum – noun – a questionable remedy or scheme.

13.  Delphian – adjective – Delphic; ambiguous; obscure.


Have you encountered a new word this month that you don’t know? Share it on the comments section.


Until Next time. Keep on reading.

Rosalinda R Morgan

Author & Garden Writer

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