Ofcourse there are so many words out there, we will never know them all, but this is a good one…..
I have an app on my ipad that is simply; “dictionary.com” and everyday it highlights a new word..like today, the word is “MOT JUSTE”
It is a French word and it means ‘the exact, appropriate word’
A speaker will tell you how to pronounce it. Then a few examples are given on how it has been used in literature or speeches.
Then a little supportive history of the word…’this French word entered the English language in the late 1800s’
A few weeks I learned “ABECEDARIAN’ which means ‘a person who is learning the letters of the alphabet or any field of learning.’ SOMETHING ME ALL WERE/ARE AT TIMES.
Now this may seem boring and useless to SOME, but actually it’s a great morsel of mental nutrition that feeds and enhances your brain. Don’t underestimate the power of a new word…its food for thought!
One word I have recently collected and added to my ever-expanding list I found a few weeks ago and I love it.It’s the word…”VERBICIDE”
Meaning….. The willful violent treatment of a word, with fatal results to its legitimate meaning; which is it’s life.
Latin…. ‘Word killing’.
I LOVE THAT WORD, LETS NOT KILL IT! Imagine being guilty of such a crime. We should all be aware and cautious when using words or expressions. We should be alert to the dangers of misusing and damaging our words so that we don’t do them permanent damage, in case the words do not ever recover!
Next time you are about to speak, try using the mot juste word, even if you are trying as an abecedarian. Otherwise you might be guilty of verbicide and then, there’s no help left for you. You’ll be on the downward spiral toward ignorance and oblivion!
I’m serious!!!


About loulouszal

Hi, I have always loved stories, from Dr Suess to Enid Blyton, to Roald Dahl, as a child and on to Jane Austen as a teen and adult. I love writing stories and poems too. I think writing and reading fantasy is a great way to travel, in your head and visit places you might never otherwise see. they can be as wonderful as you want to make them. I kept writing as a hobby all through my teen years and then as an adult, married with children ,I wrote stories for my family and read them out aloud as we traveled on long car trips in foreign countries. "The Diary of Arnmore" is one of these stories, followed closely by "Hungry Mr Croc." Two very different stories, aimed at completely different age groups, but both definately worth a read!
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