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The Loquacious Bibliophile

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I love words!! Here are a few of the more unique ones! :)

{Favorite Words} Jovial

Jovial  [jōvēəl] is a lovely word, one that I’ve come across quite a lot latelyFaveWordsJovial in my re-reading of A Christmas Carol.  It makes me smile every time I see it there on the page–Mr. Fezziwig and the Ghost of Christmas Present both seem to have this adjective applied to them, I believe.
Jovial is a word that means “cheerful” or “friendly”.  It’s a late 16th-century word from French, from the Latin word jovialis (“of Jupiter”), a reference to the supposed influence of that planet on those born under it.

It’s fitting, then, that this word makes me happy when I read it.  🙂

~*~RaeAnne

{Favorite Words} Pluviophile

Favorite Words- pluviophile

The Urban Dictionary (which I’m pretty sure is the only one you’ll find this word in!) defines the “word” pluviophile as someone who not only loves rain, but also someone who finds joy and peace of mind on rainy days.Pluviophile

I do realize that this isn’t exactly a word yet, but I see no reason why it shouldn’t be considered one.

Also, it’s one of those words that fits perfectly when I try to describe myself.  I don’t know if I can say I’ve always been a pluviophile, but I’ve been one for as long as I can recall.  Who doesn’t have fun splashing around in puddles and coming inside soaking wet from playing out in the rain?
And I do find rain to be soothing.  I could almost dare say that I feel a bit more creative when it’s raining, though why I couldn’t say.

Speaking of which, while searching for some good background noise last year when I was getting ready for NaNoWriMo, I came across this website; I’ve enjoyed it quite a bit since then!  🙂  It’s just got the sound of rain with a few (not startling) rolls of thunder thrown in now and then for good measure.

How ’bout you?  Are you a lover of rain?

~*~RaeAnne

{Favorite Words} Loquacious

Favorite Words- Loquacious
Loquacious
[loh-kwey-shuh s] is a splendid adjective that I’ve found strangely fitting for myself.  I’m quiet…unless I’m not–get me talking on something I love and I will talk for hours!  And why use a boring word like “wordy” or “talkative” when you could say “loquacious”?  (Say it, I dare you
!)  Any word with a “q” in it is going to be fun!

For those of you who are interested in such things, its roots can be traced back to yet another mid-17th century Latin word loquax, which is from a Latin verb, loqui (“to talk”).

Related words include the rather obvious adverb loquaciously, and the nouns loquacity and loquaciousness.

There–it took me long enough to write a post about one of the words in the title of my blog!  XD

~*~RaeAnne

{Favorite Words} Gregarious

Favorite Words-Gregarious

Gregarious (gri-gair-ee-uh s) is an adjective that will likely mean “social” or “friendly”.  Even when it doesn’t, it sort of does, because the other meaning of it is used to describe animals that live in groups.  It’s a mid-17th century word coming from the Latin root “grex” or “greg“, meaning a flock.

I am not a particularly gregarious person; I can enjoy being in a group, but it greatly depends on the group, and sooner rather than later I will need to go be off by myself for a while to decompress.  I do, however, like the way this word looks and sounds!

{Favorite Words} Dubious

Favorite Words-Dubious
I just like the way this word sounds–it’s fun to say!  🙂

Dubious [doo-bee-uh s] is an adjective meaning “doubtful” or “questionable”, from the Latin word dubius.  Pretty straightforward there.

The other parts of speech that owe their existence to the word dubious are great, too!  Like the noun superdubiousness.  I can never see it being used, but that’s okay.  

I actually use the word dubious (or perhaps more often its adverb counterpart, dubiously) quite often in my writing.

~*~RaeAnne

{Favorite Words} Paraphernalia

Favorite Words-%0AParaphernalia

Paraphernalia [par-uh-fer-neyl-yuh] is a noun that now basically means “miscellaneous stuff”, though judging from the origins of the word, it didn’t used to mean that.
It’s a mid-17th century word about the property owned by a married woman; from medieval Latin, based on Greek parapherna ‘property apart from a dowry,’ from para ‘distinct from’ +pherna (from phernē ‘dowry’).

A more specific definition of the word as it’s now used, though, are the things necessary for a particular activity.  It isn’t just junk, but it could maybe be stuff.  (There is a definition that makes it sound like the things are clutter or unnecessary–“superfluous”, according to Google; another word that I’m rather fond of!)

It’s not used often, but it definitely has more common use than, say, tintinnabulation!  🙂

~*~RaeAnne

{Favorite Words} Tintinnabulation

Favorite Words-Tintinnabulation

Tintinnabulation…just rolls off the tongue, no?

The word was first penned by Edgar Allan Poe in his poem The Bells (written around 1848) and means, in that case, “the lingering sound of a bell after it has been struck”.  It could also mean a ringing or tinkling sound.

“Hear the sledges with the bells– TheBells
Silver bells!
What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
How they tinkle, tinkle, tinkle,
In the icy air of night!
While the stars that oversprinkle
All the heavens, seem to twinkle
With a crystalline delight;
Keeping time, time, time,
In a sort of Runic rhyme,
To the tintinnabulation that so musically wells
From the bells, bells, bells, bells,
Bells, bells, bells–
From the jingling and the tinkling of the bells.”

~Edgar Allan Poe
The first stanza of The Bells

I wish this word was used more often, (though I admit its meaning rather limits possible use) as I’m really quite fond of it.  Don’t ask me why, it just sounds so wonderful; and I’m a bit partial to long words!  🙂  There’s a very whimsical feel to it, which is beyond strange for Poe.

It’s definitely a unique word, and it makes me happy!  🙂

~*~RaeAnne

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