I love words. I keep a list of my favorites, the ones that draw a mental picture that involves taste and feel as much as sight and sound. Here are my top ten:
- abecedirian–means what it says–a beginner.Rudimentary. The abc’s.
- bandog–a large and fierce chained dog. This one’s appealing mostly because I love dogs.
- caliginous–murky, dark. Say it aloud. It sounds good.
- carabinieri–Italian national police force. This has a strength, a foreign power that I’ll probably never get to use because my characters aren’t going to Italy. I might have to plot a trip.
- cobble, as in ‘cobble together’. Can’t you just see that 1700’s cobbler tap-tapping at your plan, creating a beautiful mental quilt from scraps of disparate ideas
- confluence–a flowing together a coming together of people. ‘A confluence of events’. Comes after you’ve cobbled for a while.
- concatenation–interlinked series. MS Excel users know this word. It’s how you cobble together clues and discover a confluence of events. I love problem solving in quirky original ways.
- dappled–mottled, spotted. A dappled meadow, or horse. I see the dancing spots of brilliant color
- deus ex machina–a powerful image of an unexpected problem-solver. I’ll get it into my writing eventually. So far, it’s sounded contrived.
- doppelganger–Alter ego. I know in my writer’s soul I can turn this ghostly double into a problem-solver.
You have to admit, these are cogent and pithy words. Let me know how you use them.
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com and TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog,Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-monthly contributor to Today’s Author. In her free time, she is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. Currently, she’s editing a thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.