Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Words

I've been looking for new words I'm unfamiliar with to add to the next short story or novel.  For instance, zeitgeist.  It just sounds cool.  I had no idea what it meant when I first heard it, so I had to look it up. 

    zeitgeist - the spirit of the time; the spirit characteristic of an age or generation

Now to find some way to use it.  I love the word ointment too.  It just has a funny ring to it along with the possibility the use may invoke some uncomfortable response from the reader. 

   He applied the ointment to the infected area hoping the rash would clear up before his date.

Here's another one just heard from KBJaxx in a response to this blog:  bemoan.  It's not a new word to me, I mean I've heard it before, but it's one of those words you don't hear too often and frankly I just forgot it even existed.

   bemoan - regret strongly.

I've got to find a place to put that one.  Slang words are fun too.  A co-worker told me I needed to use this in my next book

  'rug' - slang for the combination of a redneck and a thug.

I don't think anyone would get it unless you were able to explain the slang to them, but it's funny.

I'd love to hear some interesting or funny words to add to my list.  Let me know what ya' got.

1 comment:

kbjaxx said...

Jitney. Son, we need to catch the jitney when we land. Dad do you mean the shuttle bus?

Dad will drop names of things from WAY back in the day. Every time he uses jitney, I always think "who still uses THAT term for a shuttle??"

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