Last week, I published a post about “Rules for Writing.” In that post I said that I particularly like P. D. James five rules, one of which was:
Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary the more effective your writing. We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it.
The English language is indeed rich and versatile. It’s idiosyncrasies aside, it is truly an incredible language full of wonderful words—a quarter million of them, if you believe the folks at Oxford (you know, of the dictionary fame).
If I had to choose only one favorite word, it’d be crepuscular, which means “of, resembling, or relating to twilight.” It has a great feel on the tongue. Other great words to me: masticate (to chew), pusillanimous (showing a lack of courage; timid), and susurrus (whispering; murmuring). If only there were more opportunities during my daily discourse to use these words.