Sunday, May 13, 2012

Words You Should Use More

As a writer (sort of), I'm obviously a big fan of words. Which is why I firmly believe that we should all be expanding our vocabulary and using every conversation, status update, even tweet, as an excuse to employ a variety of awesome words. In that spirit, I've compiled a list of words that never fail to make me smile. Try and use them in a sentence today, just to humor me.

This picture is very literal. 

  • Hooch
    • Noun. Meaning booze. It invokes the idea of an old-timey speakeasy like the kind I recently discovered in Varnish in Downtown LA. And for some reason, when I'm having a bad day and really need a drink, calling it hooch makes it that much more satisfying.
  • Shenanigans and/or Tomfoolery
    • Noun. Meaning silly antics. It makes me think of good times with good friends doing stupid stuff.
  • Fisticuffs
    • Noun. Meaning a fight. I picture a couple of dandies slapping each other with designer gloves and that image is just priceless.
  • Dandy
    • Adjective. Meaning great. Also, as a noun, "a man who affects extreme elegance in clothes and manners; a fop." I also like fop. Basically I think of Oscar Wilde and he totally would have been my gay best friend had we been contemporaries. We also have the same birthday which can't be a coincidence.
  • Bitchin'
    • Adjective. Meaning awesome. I know it's outdated, but slang words are cyclical. I think this one is ripe for a comeback. I also like that it's such a delightful, positive notion and yet it contains a swear word.
  • Jaunty
    • Adjective. Meaning...well I'm not sure what the exact definition is. I just know it when I see it. Basically I think of Clark Gable and other men who wear fedoras at a rakish angle. Ok, just googled it and it means "Having a buoyant or self-confident air, or crisp and dapper in appearance." Nice.
  • Impervious
    • Adjective. Meaning bulletproof. Well, not literally. But even saying the word makes me feel powerful. I'm a just a loon like that.
Such glorious disdain.
  • Aces
    • Exclamation. Meaning "that's good," but mostly sarcastically. I love this because John Hughes wrote it, and Molly Ringwald said it in Sixteen Candles. And when you're really pissed off, and someone is trying in vain to cheer you up, this is such a great comeback.
  • Dig
    • Verb, as in "I dig that." Meaning "I enjoy that."Also a slang term that has since faded into relative oblivion. But it's making a comeback, if I have anything to say about it.
  • Loathe
    • Verb. Meaning hate. If hate is such an ugly word, loathe is a lot more dignified and elegant. It also feels so much more sincere. You have to really hate something to use the word loathe.
  • Grand
    • Adjective. Also meaning great. Whenever someone asks me how I am, I refuse to say fine or great. I try to use a different response every time. I also like magnificent, tremendous, and phenomenal. It tends to catch people off guard and make you appear very winsome and adorable. Which I am.
  • Indomitable
    • Adjective. Meaning "impossible to subdue or defeat." This is another empowering word. Especially when combined in the phrase "indomitable will." It makes you feel like you are stronger than anything that comes your way.
His face is priceless here.
  • Inconceivable
    • Adjective. Meaning unbelievable. I love this almost exclusively because of the Princess Bride. "You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
  • Hootenanny and/or Shindig
    • Noun. Meaning a gathering of sorts. You know you're going to have a good time if you're going not to a soiree, which sounds really boring, but a good ol' fashioned hootenanny!
At first I was having a hard time coming up with more than like eight, but then they just started pouring out of my brain. I'm cutting myself off in order to avoid sounding like a rip-off of Urban Dictionary. But I will open this up to anyone who wishes to submit their own spectacular verbiage. (Oooh, two more great words!)


  1. Hootenanny? Jaunty? Dandy? Hooch? It's official: you are clearly an 80-year old woman in a 20-something's body.

    I love it. :)

  2. It's definitely clear that I was born in the wrong era. But then again, so few contemporary slang terms capture the imagination like those. By the time they really circulate and become standard, they are blasé in their ubiquity. (How pretentious was that last sentence?) And who doesn't love hootenanny? Haha!

  3. Jaunty! Hootenanny! Shenanigans! I love them.
    I am also partial to debacle and travesty. And hijinks.

  4. I cannot believe I forgot hijinks! Add that to my mini-list of shenanigans and tomfoolery! I like travesty too, it's so overdramatic :D