17 words I fell in love with this week.

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. 

If any of these words make you purr like a walrus, you might consider reading episodes sixteen, fifteen, fourteen, thirteen, twelve and eleven.

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[One]

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. 

[Two]

Dekko — a look or a glance. This word actually relates to the word dragon or drakon… which brings us to our next word. 

[Three]

Drakon— Greek word meaning giant serpent. 

[Four]

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.

[Five]

Circumferential — surrounding or lying around the outskirts of something. 

[Six]

Sawbones— this is a horrifying word for a doctor or more specifically a surgeon. 

[Seven]

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. 

[Eight]

Paseo — a slow leisurely walk or stroll. 

[Nine]

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. 

[Ten]

Saffron — an orange-yellow flavoring.

[Eleven]

Behindhand — late or tardy. 

[Twelve]

Krummholz — a forest of stunted windblown trees near the timberline on a mountain. That’s a damn lovely word, isn’t it? 

[Thirteen]

Busticate — to break into pieces. Crunch bar, back pocket, busticated. 

[Fourteen]

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. 

[Fifteen]

Gehenna — a much prettier word for hell. 

[Sixteen]

Haberdasher — a dealer in men’s clothing. 

[Seventeen]

Seventeen — three more than fourteen, three less than twenty; 17.

By Cole Schafer.


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