Oh, dear imaginary readers, it’s been a while since my last post. I have been keeping busy, but with more time-consuming projects. A couple of months ago, I was at my university’s library when I caught glimpse of a needlepoint book on the Recyclomedia shelf, a dandy little “take one, leave one” book operation.

Thus, for the past month or so I’ve been needlepointing a pillow whose pattern was found in said book, loop by loop until its finish.

Speaking of libraries, dreams really do come true: I now work in one. Albeit it’s the same department in which I’ve worked for almost two years now, we’ve relocated to the reference desk area. My most important duty has become giving a beauty queen wave when tours of the college are given. There are about six a day now that the annual collegiate transformation is near.

Another task that’s been keeping me occupied has been reading An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears, which is the true inspiration for this post. See, I am and always will be a word nerd. I used to subscribe to Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day until I felt the choices were becoming elementary. I often mashed together interesting words for articles, poems (hah!), and any other piece of written work for fun—that is, until I realized that was a cryptic nuisance amusing only to the author. I suppose I had to learn my lesson somehow.

As such, this book is terribly exciting to me. It just so happens that the boyfriend is a fellow word nerd, which leads to many communal evening book readings dispersed with the occasional, “Susurrus!” One of us will either know what the uttered word means or look it up. Either way, it adds to our word banks. Oh, how terribly dorky.

I’ve plowed my way through about 70 percent of this book, so I won’t give away any secrets, nor will I hint at a premature review. I’m still unraveling the mystery. For the word nerd network, however, I’m set on presenting a preview of all the glory.

Enjoy, word nerds. Enjoy.


Words for the Nerds

word definition
alacrity - noun, [uh-lak-ri-tee]
  1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
  2. liveliness; briskness.
dudgeon - noun, [duhj-uhn]
  1. a feeling of offense or resentment; anger: We left in high dudgeon.
inculcate - verb (used with object), [in-kuhl-keyt]
  1. to implant by repeated statement or admonition; teach persistently and earnestly (usually followed by upon or in): to inculcate virtue in the young.

  2. to cause or influence (someone) to accept an idea or feeling (usually followed by with): Socrates inculcated his pupils with the love of truth.
lodestone - noun, [lohd-stohn]
  1. a variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity and attracts iron.

  2. a piece of this serving as a magnet.
  3. something that attracts strongly.
paucity - noun, [paw-si-tee]
  1. smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness: a country with a paucity of resources.

  2. smallness or insufficiency of number; fewness.
perfidy - noun, [pur-fi-dee]
  1. deliberate breach of faith or trust; faithlessness; treachery: perfidy that goes unpunished.

  2. an act or instance of faithlessness or treachery.
perspicacity - noun, [pur-spi-kas-i-tee]
  1. keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration.

  2. Archaic. keen vision.
polemic - noun, [puh-lem-ik]
  1. a controversial argument, as one against some opinion, doctrine, etc.

  2. a person who argues in opposition to another; controversialist.
riposte - noun, [ri-pohst]
  1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.

  2. Fencing. a quick thrust given after parrying a lunge.
verdigris - noun, [vur-di-gris]
  1. a green or bluish patina formed on copper, brass, or bronze surfaces exposed to the atmosphere for long periods of time, consisting principally of basic copper sulfate.

Despite prior criticism, all definitions courtesy of Dictionary.com.

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