Words are a part of everyone's life. To me, there are those words that I use everyday and those that I may use occasionally. Sometime, a word strikes me as being unusual.
For instance, the words 'debacle' and 'sortie' are not used everyday. Actually, I never heard them until after I had turned 32 (or somewhere around that time. ;-p).
At the time, I remember thinking that they were such unusual words that I wondered when they came into use. I thought they may be new words to describe what was going on during the first Iraqi war.
Then I started hearing the words in movies that I've seen years ago. Yet, when I saw these movies years earlier, the words never registered with me while I watched them.
To expand my word knowledge, I started looking for information on the Internet that would help me.
In 2006, I signed up to an email service that sends out a word a day. It is called A Word A Day. Go to http://wordsmith.org to subscribe to the list. Many of the words are new to me but may have been around for centuries. Then again, there are a few words that I knew but have not used in a while.
Purpose for the services for me is that it introduces new words with their definitions as well as some real world examples of the use of the word. I find most of the words they send out interesting even though they may never find their way into my vocabulary.
Yet, there are a few that have caught my attention. These I intend to showcase in my work in one form or another.
An example of a word I knew that the service showcased was 'nincompoop.' (The first time I came across this word was back in my youth while watching a Bugs Bunny cartoon.)
The word is a noun. Their meaning for nincompoop is "A silly or stupid person."
Now, as for some words that caught my attention from this past week (Nov. 3-9) in which I've hear before and may use in my writing are bupkis, schnozzle (which I've always heard the word 'schnoz'), and schmo.
I plan to go through these definitions and see what other words I may wish to discuss in the future.
Do you have any favorite words? Has any word caught you off guard or strike you as funny and why?