- eolian–borne, deposited, eroded by wind. Gives you the sense of timelessness, of Nature’s power.
- feral–wild, unchained. A look, a scent, a scense. When you run into something ‘feral’, you’re definitely not in Kansas anymore.
- Heteroscedasticity–different variance in statistics. Doesn’t it sound smart? One word and you’ve convinced you’re readers the character is brilliant.
- Hobson’s choice–choice without alternative; thing offered or nothing. This is the resolution to every crisis in writing
- neologism: the use or creation of new words or expressions. I use them. Geeks (see ‘Ten Favorite Geek Words) create them. A synonym for ‘fun’.
- pablum–dumbed-down language or ideas, i.e., for the ‘masses’. None of the words on this list qualify
- philistine–smug or or hostile to artistic and cultural values. The opposite of Renaissance Man
- precarious purchase. Doesn’t that sound frightening? Like hanging one-handed from a crumbling cliff?
- presbyopia–blindness. Worse than myopia. Applies to sight and ability to see the solutions to problems.
- schadenfreude–malicious satisfaction from the misfortunes of others. Use this, most of your readers won’t get it. Maybe that’s the plan…
- Beautiful Words
- Ten Favorite Words (Part I)
- Ten Favorite Words (Part II)
- Eight Favorite Words (Part III)
- Ten Favorite Geek Words (Part I)
- Ten Favorite Geek Words (Part II)
- Seven More Favorite Geek Words