I had another discouraging morning. But I'm tired of blogging about my fear and self-confidence issues. So instead, here's a list of interesting words I've come across in the last year. Gotta love that Virtual Thesaurus!
Tramontane: on or coming from the other side of the mountains
Strident: harsh, loud, grating, or shrill
Umbrageous: providing shade and coolness; easily offended or likely to become irritated
Pulchritudinous: used of persons only—having great physical beauty
Crepitus: the grating sound heard when the broken ends of a bone rub together; a crackling sound heard in the chest of somebody who has a lung disease, for example, pneumonia.
Crepitate: to make a crackling or grating sound; to make the crackling or grating sound of crepitus.
Crepitation: the sharp sound of snapping noises
Cresylic: relating to or containing creosol or creosote
Vituperation: an outburst of violently abusive or harshly critical language; the use of violent abuse or extremely harsh criticism.
Vituperative: marked by harshly abusive criticism.
Stertorous: of breathing, having a heavy snoring sound. Full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds.
Stertor: noisy or laborious snoring, heard when somebody is deeply unconscious or when there are obstructed air passages.
Limen: the smallest detectable sensation
Obstreperous: noisily and aggressively boisterous; strongly objecting to something or noisily refusing to be controlled
Iridesce: be iridescent
Etiolate: (adj.) weak in color, developed without chlorophyll by being deprived of light; (v.) make weak by stunting the growth or development of, bleach and alter the natural development of a green plant by excluding sunlight, make pale or sickly
Rodomontade: vain and empty boasting
Oscitant: showing boredom or lack of attention
Rive: to tear something apart. To split or become split.
Novercal: relating to or said to be typical of a stepmother
Zaftig: with a full-figured body
Embonpoint: a body weight that is above average and causes an impression of roundness
Attrited: worn by rubbing or friction
So don't resort to vituperation if someone calls you pulchritudinous! Now you know...a simple "Thank you" is much more appropriate! ;o)