Words of the Week 1/8/2014

This week’s words are:

plexus (n.) a network of nerves or vessels in the body; an intricate/weblike network

coup de main (n.) French — a sudden surprise attack, especially during war

sheepskin (n.) [slang] a high school or college diploma

badinage (n.) humorous or witty conversation

prognosticate (v.) foretell; prophesize

To make things interesting, match this picture with one of the sentences below.

  1. Dude, you need your sheepskin to work just about anywhere these days: in fast food, retail– even at the Banana Stand!
  2. Many make barbs, but few Colbert guests can hold their own in a game of badinage.
  3. The weatherman had hit his midlife crisis. One day he prognosticated rain, a divorce, and excrement on his boss’s desk.
  4. Clarissa delivered the ultimate coup de main when she stuffed her ex-boyfriend’s locker with all his closet Bilieber memorabilia.
  5. At night the city was a plexus of lights.

Words of the Week 1/1/2014

Happy New Year! In addition to being the first day of the year, today is also the first Wednesday– and so begins my new segment, Words of the Week. I’ll now be posting something vocabulary-related every Wednesday in order to expand my lexicon and give me an excuse to practice all those words I’ve looked up from reading and promptly forgotten. Word-a-holics, welcome!

In addition to the variable definitions, sentences, illustrations, and other mischief I’ll provide, I hope the weekly posts can also act as prompts for challenge-hungry logophiles. Sentence contributions will always be welcome. Maybe somewhere down the road I’ll even organize a word-off!

For now, here are the 5 words of the week:

wont 1. adj. in the habit of doing something; accustomed to 2. n. one’s customary behavior in a certain situation

disabuse v. to persuade someone that an idea or belief is mistaken

conjugal adj. of or relating to marriage or the relationship between spouses

sacramental 1. adj. related to religious ceremony 2. n. a sign of divine grace

tribulation n. a cause or state of great suffering/trouble

And here are five sentences that use them:

  1. A terrible musician but a cunning ladies’ man, it was Harrison’s wont to carry an acoustic guitar and practice chords in public places in order to pick up women.
  2. Or at least, it was, until Harrison met Rachel, who disabused him of his women-attracting strategy by bringing around her very single, very eager-to-date musician friend, Robbie, to flirt with him.
  3. Fortunately, Rachel revealed herself as orchestrating prankster just as Robbie was approaching conjugal topics with Harrison.
  4. Despite, or perhaps because of Rachel’s prank, Harrison took her appearance as a sacramental and asked her out.
  5. “Okay,” Rachel agreed, “But only because your terrible playing has been such a tribulation to the people who live and work around here.”