Some people have asked me why I post “words of the day” entries on this site. Especially words that seem to give your spellchecker fits as it marks them with annoying red underlines.
Well, these are words that I come across in my own writing endeavors. Usually they crop up when I realize I have used the same word too many times and I go to the old thesaurus looking for an alternative. Sometimes they are just random words I pull out of the dictionary. Almost all of the are in the very bottom of what is being searched for on websters.com so I know they are infrequently used words, and I just want to put them out there as alternatives.
I have found that even though people read a lot, their vocabulary is still often very limited. Even words that I find common place and that I use regularly draw head shakes from most others. I’ve had to really pare back the language that I write in to make it more readable for the average reader who is used to books written between a third and sixth grade level.
But I still find these words interesting and believe that by sharing them people will expand their own horizons. And some of them are just humorous and make me giggle too.