On Wrangling Words
As you know, I’m in the middle of a significant writing project, as my DMiss literature review is due in just 11 days in “fair draft” mode.
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!
I really like it’s use in geologic writing.
The Farralon Plate, now foundered beneath the North American Plate…
I like the multiple meanings this word can have. The more common establishing of an institution contrasts nicely with the sinking of a ship or undertaking. It grows with meaning, to me, when used to describe the total disappearance of a very large oceanic plate. To think of a whole oceanic terrain with mountains and valleys slowly succumbing to destruction is awe inspiring.
“The whole enterprise of inter-gender partnerships in mission founders when there is a dearth of communication.” Something like that?
Bloviate is one of my favorite words. If you’ve ever read Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, you’ve seen literature’s premier bloviator in the character of John Thorpe. He’s the epitome of the bloviating bloviator from Bloviateville.