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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Thinkin' Thursday - The Power of Words

Negative Words

Debunk                           Nondescript
Defenestrate                    Nonpareil
Dejected                         Nonplussed
Disconsolate                    Unswerving
Dismayed                        Untold                                                 
Disparate                         Disheveled
Feckless                          Dismantle
Gormless                         Impetuous
Inane                               Impromptu                                                        
Incessant                         Incommunicado                                                              
Inchoate                          Indomitable
Incognito                         Innocent
Ineffable                          Innocuous                                                          
Inert                                Invert                                                   
Infernal                            Misgivings
Inhibited                          Insidious                                                             
Insipid                             Intact                                   
Insouciant                        Misnomer                                                          
Unbeknownst                  Nonchalant                                                             
Unnerved                        Noncommittal

As writers, we utilize the language to communicate setting, feeling, story. Without the words, sarcasm would certainly be a lost art. Every word we use paints a Picasso, a Monet, a Degas in ways that impart emotional connection & longevity of the tale. This list represents one sub-section of how the language can be used.

We all have favorites. Fastidious, facetious, banality; these are only a few of mine. What are some of yours? How do you work them in? And more important, how do you deal with it when they have to be exorcised?

Happy Writing,



  1. I love how you say "Every word we use paints a Picasso..." Beautiful and well said. Way to use those words. :)

  2. I don't know that I have favourite words. I just this language so much that I think they are all great.
    Lovely list of 'negative' words.

  3. Great list!

    I don't really have a favorite word (although I do love saying deoxyribonucleic acid out loud), since there are so many different ones for different situations . . .

  4. Well Golden,
    There you have it. We wouldn't be here without our DNA building blocks. Yea for science!! Thanks for the comment.