A few of my favorite words and why I love them.
Some are obscure, others even arcane but the words on this list are few of my favorites (even if I can’t readily spell them).
I like words that sound like what they mean (There’s a word for this, isn’t there?)
excoriate- to scathingly criticize
cacophony- loud, discordant noise
skullduggery- underhanded trickery
nebulous- hazy, ill-defined
To name a few.
Also, (not surprisingly) I like adjectives with roots in the animal kingdom.
corvine- of, like or pertaining to crows or ravens
Words I enjoy saying but can’t spell- even with spellcheck.
denouement- the climax and resolution of a story.
Humuhumunukunukuapua`a- reef trigger fish. This is the
Hawaiian name which translates to “triggerfish with a snout
like a pig” but humuhumunukunukuapua’a is more fun to say.
And let’s not forget some words that have no true synonyms!
defenestrate- to toss someone or something out a window.
Sisyphean- a never-ending, grueling task.
nepenthe- a potion capable banishing sorrow and grief.
So... what are your favorites??
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A tiger can’t change his stripes—but if his behavior changes suddenly, there’s a reason. So when even-tempered Boris the Siberian tiger goes into attack mode, Grace knows there’s more to the story. Something is agitating the big cat. As she uses her telepathic ability to calm the tiger, she realizes he has witnessed a theft—not of something but of someone. A teenaged volunteer at the animal rescue facility has been taken kidnapped.
The problem is Brooke Ligner’s parents believe their troubled daughter ran away and Grace can’t exactly reveal her source. Even though sexy cop Kai Duncan is aware of Grace’s secret ability, he can’t initiate an investigation based on the word of a tiger. Now, as Grace searches for solid clues to rescue the missing teen, it’s the human predators she’ll need to watch out for .
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