Lots of Words for Bum

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the less appropriate a word is for polite conversation, the more synonyms it has.

  • Bum
  • Butt/buttocks
  • Rear/Rear end
  • Booty
  • Backside
  • Posterior
  • Ass
  • Arse
  • Tush
  • Derriere
  • Rump
  • Badonkadonk
  • Tokus
  • Bullocks
  • Behind
  • Seat
  • Heinie
  • Patootie
  • Keister
  • Fanny
  • Gluteus Maximus/Glutes

Do you like how I capitalized everything to make it feel more dignified?

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A Links Day But A Words Post

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I’m getting very negligent about having my links posts on Fridays but as it is I don’t have enough links.
However I will always be blessed with the horror shows that are the English and French languages.

What else?
14 days until I fly home!

  • matrescence
  • pellucid- meaning both translucently clear and/or easily understood
  • bombogenesis- weather throwback
  • ensorcell- to enchant or fascinate
  • praetorian
  • maladroit
  • specter
  • putrid
  • proclivity
  • farrago- a confused mixture

 

  • clafoutis- a baked French thing
  • en revanche- on the other hand
  • le silence qui parle- silence that speaks volumes
  • l’amour en cage- the French name for physalis, or the Chinese Lantern plant. Literally, Caged Love.
  • hirondelle- the swallow of the bird variety

Words When You Go To Museums

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I’ve been falling back on word posts fairly often recently because they’re easy to churn out and I’m lazy- but when you’ve been hitting a lot of museums it’s also the case that there are a lot of fun and exciting words coming to your attention.

Like stevedore.

  • stele: a stone or wooden slab, generally taller than it is wide, erected in the ancient world as a monument
  • pyx: is a small round container used to carry the consecrated host to the sick or those otherwise unable to come to a church in order to receive Holy Communion
  • stevedore: a person employed at a dock to load and unload ships.
  • gussy: as in, to ‘gussy up’
  • bodhisattva: a person who is able to reach nirvana but delays doing so through compassion for suffering beings
  • catafalque: a decorated wooden framework supporting the coffin of a distinguished person during a funeral or while lying in state
  • capricious
  • chalice
  • parure: a set of jewels intended to be worn together
  • rife
  • phalanx

 

  • cuivrer: to copperplate
  • chameau: camel
  • guêpe: wasp

  • acéphale: headless

  • bouffon: buffoon

  • épingle: pin (n)

  • sciure: sawdust

  • saule: willow

A Words Post Because I Haven’t Written My Resolutions Yet

I was too busy shopping. Whoops.

But the good news is that I now have a pair of winter gloves (that lack was getting a bit problematic in this negative Fahrenheit New England paradise. Even in France I had some trouble with my keys and doors).
And also a pair of fishnet socks, because not everything can be practical.

  • condiment: a spice, sauce, or preparation added to food to give flavor
  • sediment
  • calcify: to get all calcium-y
  • cajole: this is a word with so much imagery behind it, for me. Kind of like guffaw.
  • nematode: ‘Sa worm
  • toff: pejorative British slang for the overly aristocratic/pretentious/landed gentry. A very Britishly British insult. In the US we don’t even have landed gentry.
  • peccadillo: a small and trivial offense, not to be confused with the very inoffensive armadillo
  • glaucous: dull grayish green or blue color. Also the powdery bloom on grapes. I like the connection.
  • pernicious: credit to Roald Dahl.
  • cusp: like Leo on the cusp of Cancer.
  • irascible
  • muse
  • festoon: a chain or garland, more commonly what you do with it.

 

  • bruyère: heather

  • égérie: muse

Late Links on a Sunday

Apologies for the spurious posting but really in a #sorrynotsorry kind of way because I’m in France living my busiest and #bestlife.
I’ll stop with the hashtags now because I’m quickly losing all self respect.

I Haven’t Done a Words Post in So Long

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Time to correct:

  • coterie
  • verdigris- see also: patina
  • foment
  • cruller- I’m sorry, but this sounds more like a weird animal than a pastry cake.
  • ruse- I pronounce the ‘s’ with a ‘z’ sound, rathe than like the French ‘ruse’. hbu?
  • morsel
  • katydid
  • vertiginous
  • carapace
  • oast
  • kiln- All the ovens!
  • terrapin- “Look at that terrapin in its carapace.”

If anyone wants to get me a Faune Lettree scarf from Hermes, I would be fine with that.

May I Have a Word?

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More words… in part because it’s a heat wave and I’m languishing, and in another part because I’ve got a list that’s hitting a nice ripe length.

  • spruce- Both a noun (the evergreen tree) and a verb (to spruce up)
  • philtrum- I used to confuse philtrum and clavicle, when I was young and foolish
  • strum- guitar onomatopoeia
  • sphagnum
  • sorghum
  • obsolescence
  • belonging- You can have a sense of belonging and you can also have belongings. Belong-ing.
  • badinage- Nothing to do with badgers.
  • doughty- Nothing to do with dough.
  • spume