of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
A modicum (mah-di-kum) is a word of quantity. It means a small amount. Particularly a small amount of something precious or special. I eat a modicum of meat. I have a friend who uses a modicum of words. When she speaks, it is worth listening to because her words are powerful and special, but few. There is a modicum of truth to that statement.
This hummus has a modicum
of red pepper as a garnish.
A plethora (pleh-thor-uh) of anything is an abundance or even an overabundance of that thing. I rarely go to the mall because I get very nervous around a plethora of people. I also don't have a plethora of money to buy the plethora of things I see there and want. Even if I had a plethora of money to buy the plethora of things I see and want, I would probably still stay away because of the plethora of people that populate malls.
A plethora of pumpkins!
If something is scintillating, it is sparkly, glinting, shiny, twinkling, or clever and captivating. If you want to continue to watch it or listen to it, it would be considered scintillating. A twinkling star is scintillating. A good storyteller is scintillating. A diamond necklace is scintillating. A person who makes you laugh is scintillating. But, best of all, a disco ball is scintillating.
A blatherskite (bla-ther-skite) is a funny name for someone who blathers. Blathering is talking on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and never really saying anything of significance. So . . . a blatherskite is a chatterbox. They will "talk your ear off" and you will walk away without really knowing anything important or new.
Oddly enough, if you change the "a" to an "i" it means the same thing. You might have heard the rude term, blithering idiot. A blithering idiot is someone who blathers without saying anything intelligent.
Either way, make sure you try to avoid blathering or blithering. Use lovely words that mean something!
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."