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Four Words I’ve Enjoyed Learning

The following are selected from my list of words I’ve had to look up when reading. I like these words for their sounds as well as their meanings.

1. Chary
Adjective. “Discreetly cautious; hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks; slow to grant, accept, or expend”*

Example: I’m chary about making sure I lock my car door.

2. Ratiocination
Noun. “1) The process of exact thinking; reasoning   2) a reasoned train of thought”

Example: I find I make the best decisions when I use a combination of intuition and ratiocination.

3. Ossify
Intransitive verb. “1) to change into bone    2) to become hardened or conventional and opposed to change”
Transitive verb. “1) to change (as cartilage) into bone   2) to make rigidly conventional and opposed to change”
Adjective form: ossified

Example: I want to always be teachable and open to whatever life brings my way, and I hope time and age will not ossify me into stubbornly clinging to my habits and ideas.

4. Bloviate
Intransitive verb. “To speak or write verbosely and windily”

Example: I know, I know I’m guilty—I often tend to bloviate when I’m writing, especially about certain issues. 🙂

Example sentence using all four words:
Never one to demonstrate ratiocination, the ossified teacher paced in front of his class, bloviating about how the students should be more chary to put down their cell phones and gadgets sometimes and engage in “real” life.

*Definitions from Merriam-Webster


One comment on “Four Words I’ve Enjoyed Learning

  1. Witness
    October 24, 2013

    Here’s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcVMTxFI04M) a guy who takes his vocabulary words seriously. It’s one of my favorite videos of all time. (For those chary of hints of profanity, there are two bleeps.)


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