of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
Aposiopesis (app-oh-sigh-uh-pea-sis) is the practice of suddenly cutting off in the middle of . . .
Aposiopesis is when you are speaking to someone and in the middle of your sentence, you . . .
Aposiopesis is a rather rude practice of never quite finishing what you are . . .
I hope maybe you have figured out by that silly example what aposiopesis means. It is the cutting off of a sentence in the middle of saying it. When you are speaking and suddenly stop, leaving the rest of the sentence to the imagination of the listener, you are practicing aposiopesis.
One of the most embarrassing things that can happen is when you are sitting in a classroom, church, or other quiet place, and suddenly, out of nowhere, your stomach begins to speak out and rumble.
If this has ever happened to you, or someone near you, you have experienced a borborygm (bore-ber-ig-um). It can be up high, down low, loud, or soft, but it is definitely disruptive and can cause some serious chuckling. It can happen when you are hungry or when you are full.
Borborygm is slightly less embarrassing than passing gas, but slightly more embarrassing than a burp. At least, that is the order I put them in.
I would very much like to explain at lenghth what the word hebetude (heh-bih-tood) means, but I find myself quite deep in it. That is to say, I'm feeling a little dull, tired and unmotivated. I am in a state of hebetude and I don't know when I'll be out of it, so please, just go on to the next word. I'm sorry. I hope to leave my hebetude behind and become more cheerful, animated, and driven tomorrow.
Do you or anyone you know cry easily. Sad movies? Sad songs? Cloudy skies? Empty water glass? No chocolate in the house? Cat won't come sit on your lap?
If so, lachrymose (lack-rih-mose) is the perfect word to describe you or them.
"Mother, father, my goldfish died and I am feeling a bit lachrymose. I'd like to go to my room now and cry. Would that be acceptable?"
Batrachomyomachy (ba-track-o-my-yo-mack-ee) is an impressively long word for a small, petty quarrel. If you and your brother or sister are fighting over who gets the front seat, you are having a batrachomyomachy.
These friends are clearly having a petty argument, or a batrachomyomachy.
An important bit of trivia: choose your battles carefully. Parents do not like batrachomyomachies. They are quick to send children who engage in batrachomyomachies to their bedrooms for the night.
Another important note: if you catch your parents having a batrachomyomachy, whatever you do, don't tell them so. Just quietly walk away and find something productive to do.
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."