A couple of months ago I told you about a new book I received for Christmas. It’s Grammar Girl’s 101 Words to Sound Smart. I’ve been enjoying this book because, quite frankly, there are quite a few I don’t know. It’s kinda hard to sound smart if I don’t even know the words. So, here are a couple of words I’ve been working on:
1. egregious: ” . . . the most egregious of all the errors is that it says I am a massive David Bowie fan. Which is true, but it is a gross omission to leave out my obsession with Prince.” – from Patrick Stump, lead singer of the band Fall Out Boy, about his Wikipedia piece.)
Egregious means outstandingly bad. In checking my thesaurus I found shocking, appalling, horrendous, atrocious, and so forth. In conversation with my husband this morning I said, “I found the characters of this book egregiously unrealistic.” I thought I sound pretty smart, but he just stared at me.
2. erudite: “For more than two decades, public-radio listeners have grown accustomed to the erudite questioning style of Fresh Air host Terry Gross.”
Erudite means having or showing great knowledge or learning. Other words are scholarly, learned, knowledgeable, well-read, and so on. In my attempt to use the word, I said, “The erudite librarian lead the discussion group in an in-depth look at the materials.”
Using new words takes effort and, for me, a little note to remind me to try to use the words. Okay, that’s it for my new words. I made it through the letter E. I’ll share more in a month or two.
Wondrous Words Wednesday is sponsored by Kathy at Bermuda Onion.