So I was thinking about extending my vocabulary, because I enjoy other people not understanding me (inflates my ego over the roof) and makes me more proficient in the occasional vocabulary battle, when you and your buddy try to out-vocabulary each other.
It’s really fun. Really. It is!
So I went out and learned a few words today:
Adjective. According to google, it means complete, utter, absolute…etc. According to other sources, it’s mostly used to say that something is extremely bad, ie, “Your taste in anime is arrant trash.”
This is a particularly good word to learn because now you can add extra punch to your insults, while not sounding like an uncultured swine.
Adjective. It means very cold, and comes from the latin word gelidus, which means “icy, cold, or frosty”. A pond that’s gelid is probably frozen over.
Well, now when it’s winter, you can confuse everyone around you by saying “Wow, it’s so gelid today!” That sounds super weird to say though.
Adjective. Raffish means you’re a scoundrel who can essentially charm your way out of trouble. So if you have a classmate who’s always stealing your chair or untying your shoelaces, but everyone likes them anyway, they could be considered raffish. If someone is charming despite having a bad reputation, then they’re probably raffish. This word actually came from the Middle French phrase “rifle et rafle” which means “stealing from dead bodies on the battlefield”.
I think this word could be quite useful in story writing, if you’re writing a raffish character. It’s not too effective as an insult, sadly, because it’s a word that can be taken as a compliment as well. In fact, a raffish person is probably going to take raffish as a compliment. I think.
Yeah so that’s all for now. I might decide to do this again, maybe not. Bye!