If you are a friend or fan of mine on a social networking site, you already know about my WACKY WORD OF THE DAY posts. In a tongue-in-cheek attempt to improve our vocabularies, I post a fun word every day (well, I do miss a few) along with its definition and pronunciation if it’s a toughie. If you don’t get a chance to see them on Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin during the week, you can check out the recaps here each Saturday.
Now, this is more than just a fun linguistic exercise; you can actually win something! Every time you leave a comment using the word in a sentence (either here on my blog or on one of my other social media sites) your name will be entered in a drawing to win a copy of one of my books. That’s a book a month… isn’t that fun!
Here’s where you can find me:
Without further ado, here are the WACKY WORDS OF THE DAY for the week of January 6th:
Monday: ALTILOQUENT (noun) = high-flown or pretentious language [awl-TIL-uh-kwuhnt]
Tuesday: SPRUIK (verb): to make or give a speech [sprook]
Wednesday: OMPHALOS (noun) = the center, or focal point. (In Greek antiquity, the Omphalos was a stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi thought to mark the center of the earth.)
Thursday: MAFFICK (verb) = to celebrate with boisterous rejoicing or extravagant public demonstrations
Saturday: HYPNAGOGIC (adjective) = relating to the period of drowsiness immediately preceding sleep [hip-nuh-GAH-jik]
Ciao for now!
Amy Hammond Hagberg
Author, Editor, Speaker