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Words not used very often 01:07

I read daily with my kiddos and by myself. Maybe one day I can say the same about writing…We find many words not very common or familiar to us. Usually, I just grab the dictionary or add it to my personal register of words. (I am however trying to get rid of my paper notes) The WP app is always with me and it will take only a few seconds to type it up when I find it. Starting a while ago, I thought I’d build my record of words week by week here. Some more of our words that made me reach for the dictionary. Enjoy

emissary

– A person sent as a diplomatic representative on a special mission (e.g. ‘The British sent emissaries here to promote trade.’)

deference

– Polite submission and respect (e.g. he addressed her with the deference due to age’)

in deference to

– Out of respect for; in consideration of (e.g. in deference to her wishes we spent two weeks on the coast’)

lascivious

– Feeling or revealing an overt sexual interest or desire (e.g. he gave her a lascivious wink’)

douche

– A shower of water (e.g. ‘I felt better for taking a daily douche’)

A jet of liquid applied to part of the body for cleansing or medicinal purposes (e.g. the mixture may be used as an antiseptic douche or as a gargle’)

USA: An obnoxious or contemptible person (typically used of a man) (e.g. that guy is such a douche’)

ambiguous

– Open to more than one interpretation; not having one obvious meaning (e.g. ‘ambiguous phrases’)

Not clear or decided (e.g. ‘the election result was ambiguous’)

lewd

– Crude and offensive in a sexual way (e.g. ‘she began to gyrate to the music and sing a lewd song’)

shod

– wearing footgear (such as shoes)

– equipped with tires

– furnished or equipped with a shoe

innervate

– Supply (an organ or other body part) with nerves

– to communicate nervous energy to; stimulate through nerves

– to furnish with nerves; grow nerves into

defecate

– Discharge faeces from the body

– to clear of dregs, impurities, etc.; purify; refine

frivolous

– Not having any serious purpose or value (e.g. ‘frivolous ribbons and lacy frills’ OR ‘rules to stop frivolous lawsuits’)

And that is it for my list of weird and wonderful words.

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Until next time!