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Unique Words to Spice Up Your Writing




Unique Words to Spice Up Your Writing

We often stay in our comfort zone, including the words we speak and write. Let’s explore a few unique words and their meanings. How can you use these words?

  1. Logolepsy: an obsession or fascination with words. Logos is Greek for “word”, lepsy is Greek for “to seize”. It is used as a noun.

  2. Quixotic: not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic. Its source is from the great Spanish novel “Don Quixote.” It is used as an adjective.

  3. Peripatetic: wandering or traveling from place to place, never staying in one place long. From peri “around, about” + patein “to walk, tread”. It can be used as an adjective or as a noun.

  4. Synchronicity: the simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection. Psychologist Carl Jung coined his word around 1930. This word is used as a noun.

  5. Bastion: a fortified place, or something or someone that holds firm to an idea or principle. Several origins are present, one being from Old Provençal bastir meaning to build. This word is used as a noun.

  6. Anthropomorphize: ascribe human characteristics or behavior to inanimate object or animals. Derived from Greek “taking human form”. As is, the word is a verb.

  7. Biblioklept: one who steals books, a book thief. From biblio- “book” + Greek kleptes “thief”. This word is used as a noun.

  8. Enervate: To feel drained of energy or weakened (verb) or lacking in energy or vitality (adjective). Origin “deprive of force or strength,” from Latin enervatus.

  9. Descry: to catch sight of. English speakers borrowed the term from Old French in the 14th century and used it to mean “to proclaim”. Descry is a verb.

  10. Eunoia: a feeling of goodwill; beautiful thinking; a well mind. This is used as a noun and the origin is Greek.

These are just a few of many, many words that can add interest and their definitions can be endlessly fascinating.

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