This is not a rant about people’s use of incorrect spelling or grammar or that dreaded apostrophe – your and you’re – I really don’t care anymore. Some people just choose to be stupid and who am I to judge. Instead I am always amazed at how people do not use ‘big’ English words anymore. I know that sometimes when I speak and use a ‘big’ word I am met with blank stares. I think the joy of using the English language has left the building for most people. Below is a list of words that I have used in the past month – don’t even try to wonder about the context of my conversations.
Necrophilia – sexual attraction for or sexual intercourse with dead bodies
Ornithology – a branch of zoology that concerns the study of birds
Quantify – to determine or express the quantity of something
Derelict – neglectful of duty; delinquent; negligent
Evoke – to summon or call forth, to call to mind by naming, citing,
Emphatic – 1. uttered, or to be uttered, with emphasis; strongly expressive. 2. using emphasis in speech or action. 3. forceful; insistent.
So you see, a plethora of words yet not often used. So release the inner geek and don’t be afraid to use those ‘big’ words.