If this is your first time reading the words I fell in love with this week series, welcome. The title is pretty self-explanatory, but just so we are all clear… it’s a weekly practice where I curate a bunch of lovely words and tell lovely people like you what they mean.
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Dreadnought — this word might be the reigning king or queen of badass words. While it has multiple meanings, here are my two personal favorites. One, a heavily armed battleship equipped with guns and cannons. Two, a fearless person.
Dekko — a look or a glance. This word actually relates to the word dragon or drakon… which brings us to our next word.
Drakon— Greek word meaning giant serpent.
Spoilsport — an individual who ruins other people’s enjoyment. Everyone was having a blast and a half at the company Christmas party, but then John the spoilsport decided to get bastardly drunk and take shit in the fruit punch.
Circumferential — surrounding or lying around the outskirts of something.
Sawbones— this is a horrifying word for a doctor or more specifically a surgeon.
Killjoy— this word is nearly identical to spoilsport, but in my opinion more aesthetically pleasing. It is a word to describe someone that kills the joy of others. Or, the act of cutting an Almond Joy in half with a machete.
Paseo — a slow leisurely walk or stroll.
Stroll — after typing out the word “stroll” I thought to myself, mmm that’s pretty. I looked up and found it had an alternative meaning to just walking. It also is used to define an easily won victory.
Saffron — an orange-yellow flavoring.
Behindhand — late or tardy.
Krummholz — a forest of stunted windblown trees near the timberline on a mountain. That’s a damn lovely word, isn’t it?
Busticate — to break into pieces. Crunch bar, back pocket, busticated.
Denigrate — to criticize unfairly or say mean hateful things about another individual. I think as a whole, we should all work to do less denigrating.
Gehenna — a much prettier word for hell.
Haberdasher — a dealer in men’s clothing.
Seventeen — three more than fourteen, three less than twenty; 17.
By Cole Schafer.
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