Archives For Cool Words

spleeny

By Nate LaClaire —  September 2, 2006 — Leave a comment

Sarah Graves talks about this word in her books (the Home Repair is Homicide series). It is a New England term that means “peevish and irritable with hypochondriac inclinations,” according to Merriam-Webster Online. What a great one!

spoony

By Nate LaClaire —  February 14, 2006 — Leave a comment

Today’s Dictionary.com Word of the Day is too good to pass up:
spoony \SPOO-nee\, adjective:
1. Foolish; silly; excessively sentimental.
2. Foolishly or sentimentally in love.

Another one worth remembering…

sesquipedalian

By Nate LaClaire —  February 13, 2006 — Leave a comment

Talk about a cool word! This wonderful word, pronounced “ses-kwuh-puh-DAYL-yuhn,” describes words much like itself: long. As an adjective, it means:
1. Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
2. Long and ponderous; having many syllables.

This is according to Dictionary.com, which featured the word as Word of the Day for January 13. The listing is available at:

http://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/archive/2006/01/13.html

Now if I can just remember how to spell it, maybe I will be able to use it!