Just as the year’s popular colors for fashion and home decor are chosen for us, so, too, are certain words selected. This year, a group from Wayne State University has highlighted ten words that you will be using in conversation and prose in 2013.
• Buncombe Rubbish; nonsense; empty or misleading talk.What a relief to have the election over — that great festival of buncombe that so distracted the nation for months.
• Cerulean The blue of the sky. Her eyes were a clear, deep cerulean blue, like no eyes Trevor had ever seen, and looking into them made him feel lighter than air, as though he could fly, but even if he could have flown he would have stayed where he was, content just to look.
• Chelonian Like a turtle.Weighed down by bickering and blather, the farm bill crept through Congress at a chelonian pace.
• Dragoon To compel by coercion; to force someone to do something they’d rather not.After working in the yard all day, Michael was dragooned into going to the ballet instead offlopping down to watch the Red Wings on TV.
• Fantods Extreme anxiety, distress, nervousness or irritability.Jeremy’s love of islands was tempered by the fact that driving over high bridges always gave him the raging fantods.
• Mawkish Excessively sentimental; sappy; hopelessly trite.To her surprise, Beth found Robert’s words of love to be so mawkish that they made her feel sticky, as though she were being painted with molasses.
• Natter Print To talk aimlessly, often at great length; rarely, it means simply to converse.You can tell our staff meetings are winding down when everybody starts nattering about their kids.
• Persiflage Banter; frivolous talk.Emma hoped to get Lady Astor into a serious conversation, but as long as the King was around she could elicit only persiflage and gossip.
• Troglodyte Literally, a cave-dweller. More frequently a backward, mentally sluggish person. Susan felt she could have saved the company if only the troglodytes in management had taken her advice.
• Winkle To pry out or extract something; from the process of removing the snail from an edible periwinkle.Jack showed no inclination to leave his seat beside Alice, but Roger was determined to winkle him out of that chair no matter what it took.–
So there you have it. I’ll be interested to hear how you work these into your daily conversations or your writing!