Friday, January 16, 2015


Don't be afraid of big words. Just use them well, my friends.
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, 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!


  1. Serendipidity, esoteric, Dickensian. :)

    1. Esoteric is also one of my favorite words, though I admit to only discovering, and using it for the first time (in a poem) around a year ago :)

      My all time favorite word is 'discombobulated', and I often am :)

    2. Thanks, ladies! I'm usually much quicker about replying. Isn't serendipity the most beautiful word? And discombobulated just encapsulates the feeling so perfectly. Rich, rich words!

  2. It's not a fancy word, but what's up with the misuse of "literally" lately? I had a guy tell me that he "was too chicken, literally, to contact" me. I wanted to respond, "You turned into a chicken? You have bigger problems than ditching me."

    1. That's awesome! I use literally all the time. But it's usually just an over-exaggeration & not turning into another species... :)