Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like
We’re all guilty of it. You know. Going to a holiday party — family, friends, co-workers, supervisors — and misusing a big word. All we want to do is impress people and look smart, but then we trot out “inchoate” and use it in the sense of “confused, chaotic,” when it doesn’t mean that at all. Worse, we mispronounce it as “in-chote” rather than “in-ko-it.” Doh!
Been there, right? Well, a couple of years ago the New York Times put together a list of the 50 most challenging words used in the paper, and blogger Joe Heitzeberg handily compiled them and used them in sentences for you. You might want to print out these resources and keep them in your pocket for your next soirée.
I’ve always liked jejune. Don’t know why. But I find myself strangely attracted now to internecine and demarche. I’m going to spend the rest of the day coming up with a sentence that uses both of them, and maybe jejune too!
Got any favorite fancy words that aren’t on the list?