Words of the Week

Words of the Week

Remember in elementary school, getting your spelling list on Monday with the words for the week to learn by Friday? Twenty words, all in a neat column, with a lingering scent of mimeograph. Some with definitions and example sentences, though when we were old enough, it was up to us to use our words responsibly.

Is it pathetic that a new word list was a highlight of my week? The joy of a fresh batch of words counteracted the anxiety induced by the accompanying set of math problems (which I absolutely did not look forward to).

As I’ve become more confident in defining myself as a writer, I’ve been paying closer attention to the words that fly in and out of my days. I listen more intently, and hook into one that sneaks in to a conversation or a story. I examine it for a moment, then write it down on scrap of paper to ponder later. In the end, there’s not really a story (except for this one), but there’s a stack of cards and a mighty fine list of words that might take me someplace, someday. Then again, these words are a story in themselves.

 

These are the words that showed up for me this week. Where are your words taking you?

Espionage

Frolicking

Iridescent

Devour

Aflutter

Lederhosen

Mutton

Strut

Huntress

Ardently

Bamboozle

Heiroglyph

Lucid

Betwixt

Hijinks

Wanderlust

Zeal

Homage

Truthiness

Flourish

Gobsmacked

Bonus round:

Despairingly lonely

Whiffle ball

Pineapple express

Convincing evidence

Brain hemmorage

Buttercream icing

Hot lava

And exhale

Fading memories

Endurance test

Intellectual armour

Magical realism

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