Several years ago on the LDStorymakers e-mail list, we had a weekly vocabulary word challenge. It consisted of words that aren't necessarily used all the time, but that we should know. The idea was to challenge those on the list to use the week's word somewhere in their writing and then report back.
It was great fun, if short-lived. Not everyone got involved, but I personally got a huge kick out of later seeing a good ten of challenge words show up in Tristi Pinkston's Season of Sacrifice, knowing exactly when she'd penned those scenes and why she'd picked those words.
This was while I wrote Spires of Stone and why you'll find in it quash, auspicious, and a few other challenge words that I've forgotten.
Here's the Word Nerd Wednesday version.
Back in 2007, Houghton Mifflin put out a list of 100 words they thought every high school graduate should know.
I thought it would be fun to look at those words here . . . and maybe challenge my readers to use one of them sometime in conversation or in their writing over the next week. Or not. Or do. Whichever. I'll probably post the other 90 words piecemeal on other WNWs.
For me, some words on the list make perfect sense; they're basic cultural literacy. Others? Hmm, not so much. Some are too obscure (why should a HS grad need to know "plasma" over, oh, several hundred other words?), while others are ridiculously obvious.
Below are the first 10 on the alphabetical list.
Can you use them all properly in a sentence?
The first of many rather negative words on the list.
Sheesh. This one makes me want chocolate. I will NOT abstain!
A more positive one. I like this one. I claim acumen.
I learned this one in 11th grade English from Mrs. Oldroyd.
Hah! Check it! I wonder if this list was why "auspicious" was a challenge word for us and why I used it in SOS.
NOT pronounced "belly," as one high school friend of mine used to think.
My teens. Yep, they are. What do you mean, I'm being melodramatic?
I just like to say this one aloud.
This one is just oozing with plot possibilities.