There's nothing worse than using an awesome word in the wrong way. Today I'm sharing a few of my favorites along with the correct definitions. Because I'm here to make you look good.
Plethora: an large or excessive amount of something.
Would you say I have a plethora of piñatas? (The Three Amigos)
Décolletage: the low neckline on a woman's blouse or dress, or a woman's cleavage as revealed by a low neckline.
Gentlemen do appreciate a nicely trimmed décolletage. (The Secret History of the Pink Carnation)
Tete-a-tete: a private conversation between two people, literally meaning head to head.
I mean, where's the harm in having dinner tete-a-tete with an old flame? (Rescuing Rose)
Epiphany: a sudden and profound understanding of something.
Smee: I've just had an apostrophe.
Hook: I think you mean an epiphany.
Smee: Lightning has just struck my brain.
Hook: That must hurt.
Incandescent: passionate or brilliant.
If ever a mind was incandescent, unimpeded...it was Shakespeare's mind. (Virginia Woolf)
Oooh! This makes me want to add five hundred extra-long words to my current work in progress. They are incredibly wonderful, amazingly descriptive, and an absolute pleasure to use. Sadly, I usually take them out instead. Still, I promise to always use some words that send the typical YA reader rummaging for the dictionary. (I certainly did in Becoming Beauty!) What can I say? I'm all about educating the masses.
I'd love to hear your favorite big words. Leave me a comment! As always, thanks for dropping in! Grab your thesaurus and happy writing, my dears!