Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Thirteen Words

For this week’s thirteen, I’m going back to my writerly roots and plucking thirteen adjectives out of the dictionary that I either really like or have never heard of before. 1. Convivial. It describes me because it relates to feasting, drinking and having a good time. That convivial Wendy, she’s always swiggin’ a beer and talking with her hands full of pizza. (Make that cheeseless pizza with a gluten-free crust – my food allergies are not convivial in the least.) 2. Fusty. It can mean stale and smelly or it can mean rigidly old-fashioned. My wedding invitations were purchased at a fusty old print shop in London because my hubby’s fusty relative thought that they should be truly, actually engraved - as in, you can turn the invitation over and feel the engraving. (I used fusty in both ways in that sentence.) 3. Irrefragable. It means irrefutable. The irrefragable truth is that irrefragable is more fun to say than irrefutable. And it makes me think of Fraggle Rock. 4. Trumpery. This word means trivial or useless. I think it can also be a noun. My trumpery little blog might be among the trumperiest. (Okay, I made that last word up.) 5. Arthritic. It’s not just for joints anymore. Painfully slow. Now that I have Firefox, I see how arthritic IE was. 6. Fuliginous. Dark and murky in color. One look into my fuliginous eyes, and he was hopelessly in love, or drunk. 7. Lugubrious. Affectedly mournful. Girlie’s lugubrious wails ring throughout the house whenever she’s asked to clean her room. 8. Mizzly. Drizzly. You say drizzly, I say mizzly, let’s call the whole thing off. 9. Sexagesimal. (giggle, giggle). Having to do with the number sixty. Hubby and I watch television in sexagesimal minute cycles. Usually on our bed. (Sorry math lovers, I’m sure I used it incorrectly.) 10. Nootropic. Enhances cognition. Alcohol is a nootropic substance when playing late night trivia games. (Too much alcohol is the opposite of nootropic.) 11. Wendish. Like me. Okay, not really but who wouldn’t include an adjective with your name in it? It actually means, of or relating to the Wends. Aren’t you glad that I cleared that up? 12. Crural. Relating to the thigh. I think it’s cruel that my crural area gains weight the fastest. 13. Pie holed. Having a mouth. Her pie holed website now has audio feeds. (Yes, I totally made up pie holed as an adjective but I’m going to run with it.) If I ever get the right equipment and software, I intend to pie hole this blog. Wow, it works as a verb too. Catchy don’t you think? Thanks for stopping by. Please leave your name AND a comment so that I can judge you, I mean, thank you. Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

42 comments:

Lifecruiser said...

Judging from this list, you're as crazy as me. I keep finding all those crazy ones. Where are the sane ones that the statistics talk about? *lol*

Don't go over to my place and get bored!

Carol said...

I'm a word junky - love learning new and unusual words. Thanks!! And I think it's great to have a word with your name. My TT is up.

WendyWings said...

Wendish. Like me. Okay, not really but who wouldn’t include an adjective with your name in it? It actually means, of or relating to the Wends. Aren’t you glad that I cleared that up?

and like ME too lol
Happy Thursday my list is up. You will like my Wordless Wednesday too ;)

Mary said...

What a cool list! I love it!

My TT is up early!

Butterfly Kisses said...

I like the word, trumpery. I am going to have to start using it.

Undercover Angel said...

LOL! I loved this - your meanings were hilarious! My TT is up.

Tess said...

12. Crural. Relating to the thigh. I think it’s cruel that my crural area gains weight the fastest.

don't we all have that issue... my T13 are up

Blog-o-licious said...

YOU crack me up! And always something to learn. Today I called into a radio station...Yeah I know, me with never anything to say....and I used the word acquiesce and I was asked if I learned that word from the "pirate"movie. I said, uh, no. I think they learned it from me. heh!

Nikki said...

Cool list. I learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing :D

Arthritic -- good example LOL

kristarella said...

Great idea! I love learning things like that at TTs. Of course I'll probably forget those words in no time.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

learn something new (or lots of new words)every day...

My T13 is up too

dawn said...

ah, time to learn a new word or two! Great list

my tt's are up

Cheryl said...

6 10 and 12 were new ones to me, so I am very happy.
Oh, ok, 11 was new too, hehe.

Happy TT

Susan said...

Mizzly Drizzly is cute hehehe sexagesimal, phew....i'm dreading to have to spell the others hehehe

Happy Thursday!

jayne d'Arcy said...

Hilarious! Some terrific words you have here.

Carmen said...

I didn't know I could use "arthritic" in an "old" kind of way. I will now start using that in my every day speak!

I keep meaning to email you about the agent thing, but I keep forgetting. I hope I rememeber soon. :)

Andrew said...

I've always been a big fan of euphemisms for body parts, so I enjoyed "pie hole." Other faves: "yapper," "trap."

AC

anneberit said...

Wow! So many word I've never (or almost never) have heard/read before. Thanks!! My TT is up too :D

Lazy Daisy said...

Wow, a good giggle and vocabulary too! I was pie holed by the whole experience! My TT is up too.

Harmonica Man said...

That's while I'll never be an actual writer. I have a pool of about 10 words that I use to help me write gooder.

Jen said...

Very cool! Does that mean I'm commenting Jendishly?

Some of those words are new to me, yay!

My T-13 is up!

Janet said...

ahhhh, it's always nice to learn some new words!

Stacie said...

These were funny, I enjoyed reading this. The definition of Trumpery fits Donald Trumps hair! I played. Stacie

Trish said...

What a great list! On the top of my list of things I've learned today: I'm not cookin' dinner for the in-laws 'cause they're just too damned fusty. LOL

Thanks for visiting my TT.

Christine said...

I've learned a few new fun words today!LOL! on Sexagesimal, and the Mizzly Drizzly they'd be FUN words to try and use in sentences!
Happy TT, and Thanks for stopping in to visit mine!

tampabookbuzz said...

Great list! It was lisalicious. :)

Sherri said...

Oh I'm going have to use some of those!

Thanks for visiting my site:)

something blue said...

My favorite words are made up words. I'd like to write a dictionary with a whole new language.

Just to play along "I hate being stuck in my fusty house on mizzly days.

Froggie said...

Cool! I've never heard of, well, pretty much all those words... hehe... but you have inspired me to use them in conversation. hehe... going to go see how many weird looks I get get.

Thanks for smile!

Geggie said...

I love fusty! My grandmother from Scotland used it alot.

Becki said...

I like pie hole i use it alot around here but in the terms of "Shut your pie hole" -lol..

The Red Queen said...

I would love to start using some of these words but.. memory got lost somewhere near where you live while I was attending Brandon High or was it Brandon high??? Anyway thanks for stopping by today. Be blessed.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Great choice of words, Wendy!

Amy The Black said...

How very [insert adjective here]!
Thanks for visiting my TT.

Great Day said...

Fusty - love it. I first hear that in a Judy Bloom book in grade school.
Thanks for the memory

Just Expressing Myself said...

Great list - I love fusty.
My own is up.
Nice to meet you,
Frances

Renee said...

So educating today! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Sorry I forgot about getting the pictures up...they're coming.

Mary Horn said...

I'm sure my mother would have known all those words! She crushes me at Scrabble and I learn a ton when we do crossword puzzles together.
My TT is up.
~mary

angela said...

Love pie-hole...I have said that one in my life...

Fusty...isn't that waht the kids say when they want a drink?:-)

Trinity13 said...

Heehee, I sometimes tell me hubby, lovingly of course, to shut his pie hole! Ahhhh, can you feel the love?!

Paul Wolfbernz said...

Gotta Love it!!

Fraggle Rock, I'm almost surprised anyone even remembers that - Yea! I'm not alone!

Courtney said...

#5 is the only one I've heard of. lol Thanks for visiting me yesterday :)