On my new iPhone, I’ve been playing an online game called Words With Friends. It’s kind of like Scrabble, only it takes a lot of words that Scrabble won’t take and refuses others. Very weird. Anyway, part of the reason I like it is that I get to play with a lot of different people. Some I’ve beat and others have stomped the heck out of me. But one thing I really like is that I’m learning new words.
Yaupon: a holly bush or small tree in southern America whose bitter leaves are sometimes brewed for tea.
Now every November, when I go to my annual “retreat”, there is a Scrabble game round the clock as long as there are players willing to play. But I’ve played with these people for years and kind of know how their brains work. The people I play Word with are mostly unknown since I play random opponents. So sometimes the words they play make me head for the dictionary.
Venery: the satisfaction of sexual desire
It’s not that I want more words. I already have a “reading” vocabulary five times bigger than my “speaking” one. But like all other authors, I’m in love with words. Sometimes, I’ll see an unknown word that intrigues me and I’ll look it up. I still may not use it in either of my vocabularies, but I’m driven to explore it.
Ugsome: horrid, loathsome
Occasionally, in my writing, I have the darndest time finding exactly the right word. Sometimes, it’s a matter of using a thesaurus. Other times, I just have to use one word after another until I get what I want. Most times, I settle for the closest I can get, feeling dissatisfaction with my final choice. If I’m very, very lucky, a CP may “suggest” exactly the right word.
Zibet: a civet of India, the Malay Peninsula, and other parts of Asia.
Now, excuse me while I think a good word for my turn. Hmmm, how ’bout chirk: to make a shrill, chirping noise. Yeah, that works!