On Wrangling Words
As a result, I’m up to my eyeballs in words, and in wrangling them into something clear and compelling. Honestly, I find writing to be a schizophrenic process.
On one hand, it’s exceedingly difficult. Quoting Hemingway: “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” Exactly.
On the other hand, at the same time the writing process is wildly exhilarating. Quoting Flaubert: “The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” Amen. It’s a rush.
Anyhow, to help supplement the vocabulary, and to have a little fun, I asked some friends on Facebook to help me freshen up my word list. The result was a beautiful (and offbeat) collection of words. Here’s the list:
Extricate, extrapolate, acquire
Bloviate (I’m committed to finding a place for this one!)
Skullduggery, etiolate, salubrious, circumambulating
Disenfranchise, opine, run/ride roughshod, ameliorate
Obfuscate, recurse, traverse
Absquatulate, bowdlerise, fletcherise, hornswoggle, lollygag, peculate, skedaddle, subtilize, yaff
Now to see how many of these I can wrangle into an academic paper! And you’re more than welcome to add to the list in the comments!