Best Nerd Words
Thursday, July 28, 2011
I’ve been addicted to playing Words with Friends on my Android phone lately which got me thinking about my favorite words. I wanted to share some of them with you, and I hoped you would share yours with me. I am going to give away a prize to the person who responds with the word I like best, so please write your favorites in the comments on Youtube!
Also, if you aren’t familiar with any of the words I like, here’s a list with along definitions. Post yours up too and lets learn some new vocabulary!
Tentative – unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant
Plaintive – expressing sorrow or melancholy; mournful
Coalesce – to blend or come together
Effervesce – to show enthusiasm, excitement, liveliness, etc.; to give off bubbles of gas, as fermenting liquors
Purpose – the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc.
Porpoise – a toothed sea mammal, related to the whales and dolphins, that has a blunt snout and a triangular dorsal fin.
Poise – a dignified, self-confident manner or bearing; composure; self-possession
Procrastinate – to put off till another day or time; defer; delay
Eviscerate – to remove the entrails from; disembowel
Epitome – a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class
Dichotomy – division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups
Fortuitous – happening or produced by chance; accidental; lucky; fortunate
Serendipitous – come upon or found by accident; fortuitous; good; beneficial; favorable
Extemporaneous – done, spoken, performed, etc., without special advance preparation; impromptu
Lascivious – inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd
Debauchery – excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance
Soliloquy – an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself or is disregardful of or oblivious to any hearers present (often used as a device in drama to disclose a character’s innermost thoughts)
Evanescent – vanishing; fading away; fleeting
Succulent – full of juice; juicy; rich in desirable qualities
Shenanigans – a mischievous or deceitful trick, practice, etc.