Words, words, words

I have written here before about how I truly love language. Because I like the subject,
and have studied it somewhat intensively at various times in my life, I possess a
decently-extensive vocabulary. At times, my colleagues at work will playfully poke at me because I will say a word that I think “everyone” knows, when in reality I guess the word is lesser-known than I imagined.

I do have many interests beyond words; as a result, I read a variety of different materials on an assortment of unrelated topics. Today as I was skimming one of the magazines to which I subscribe, I came across five different words that I had never seen before – and I had absolutely no idea what any of these words meant. I could somewhat decipher their general meaning via the context of the sentences in which they were each used; but after I finished reading I went online to look up the full definition of each word I didn’t know. Here’s what I found:

  • Erudition: knowledge acquired by study, research, etc.; learning; scholarship.
  • Extirpate: to remove or destroy totally; do away with; pull up by the roots.
  • Inchoate: not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
  • Technocratic: a system of society where government is controlled by scientists, engineers, and other experts.
  • Apogee: the highest point, the climax.

Call me a geek, a nerd, a dork, whatever, but learning five different new words in a single day is super-cool to me, and super-fun. This definitely produced a sourire.

Stef

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A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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14 Responses to Words, words, words

  1. I like the word Apogee. 😀

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  2. Touch2Touch says:

    Almost no one studies Latin any more — but you would have adored it.
    (Come to think of it, maybe you were lucky and did study it?)

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    • Stef says:

      I didn’t study Latin – my high school didn’t offer it.

      I did study French (7th grade through my last year of college; I even have a Bachelor’s degree in it), and I adored it. Beautiful, beautiful language.

      Ah, I just love languages…

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  3. rutheh says:

    Learning new words is wonderful and good for your brain.

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    • Stef says:

      Absolutely. Reading mentally ‘challenging’/stimulating text is a terrific way to stay young. I think bloggers are all set on this front! 🙂

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  4. barb19 says:

    I share your love of words too Stef, and if I come across one I am unfamiliar with, I reach straight for the dictionary, because I have to know what it means. I suppose that’s also why I’m a good speller! My family laugh at me, but who do they come to when they can’t spell a word, or when they don’t know what a word means? So it has it’s benefits!
    I have never heard of the five you mention, so I am thrilled to add them to my vocabulary – although probably never use them! I just like to know what they mean!

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    • Stef says:

      I also look up the dictionary definition of words I don’t know. Also, if I’m about to use a word whose definition I’m not 100% certain of, I’ll also look it up, to do my best to ensure that what I’m writing is what I *really* want to say. Kudos to you for being a good speller! I’m an average speller – but there are a few words that consistently trip me up. I’m grateful for spell check. 🙂

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  5. Hallysann says:

    I have to admit to having a very limited vocabulary, I didn’t progress much further than about age 13 at school with my reading and writing. My eldest did English at Uni so can quite easily call on the exact word for every occasion and it’s wonderful being able to tell her what I’m trying to say and have her give me the word I need. However, when we went on our holiday to Venice she was completely out of her depth, not being able to say what she wanted where as I just bumbled along quite happily being used to having to “make” people understand me. 🙂

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    • Stef says:

      Wow, for only have a middle-school formal education, I’m impressed that you are so active in the blogging realm! Kudos to you on your tenacity and persistence. 🙂

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  6. Joceline says:

    extirpate is a new one for me! cool. I love words. They open the world up to us and say ‘look, something new, something different, something worth investigating!”

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