New words keep getting invented for the English language every day and over time and if they get enough usage, these words will eventually make it into the official dictionary. Buzzy is a new word that can be used for something that generates attention and gets you talking it. The word sheeple is now an official word which was derived from the portmanteau of “sheep” and “people,” and it is a person who exhibits herd-like and conformist behaviors, a despicable mainstream zombie bastard who goes with the crowd and refuses to think for themselves, thus being anything other than someone who is genuine and virtuous. To throw shade refers to someone publicly criticizing or expressing contempt towards another person with little or no one else catching the insult except the person who it was directed at and this is likely to agitate them because it was meant to be contentious.
Nonversation is useless small talk that teenage girls seem to have a gift for. The term side-eye is a gesture where you give someone a disapproving look with sideways glances of your eyes to show that you’re annoyed and don’t approve of them or their behavior. The word plug was a word used by sailors on boats to fix leaky situations but later it gained an electrical connection referring to an outlet however the words plug-in and unplugged have become relatively new words. You will improve and expand your vocabulary, when you learn to use new words and this can be done when you are home at your desk, or if you are outside in a park. Improving your vocabulary can make your writing more powerful and more effective and help you say exactly what you mean, but you cannot start off at a gallop, so just try to slip in the new word when you feel the opportunity is right.
One of the most powerful tools for learning new words and for deciphering the meaning of other new words is to study their Latin and Greek roots. Dioscorides the Greek physician, pharmacologist, botanist provided the name licorice, because he thought it was a sweet root, so he coined its genus name, Glycyrrhiza with the Greek word glukos meaning sweet and riza meaning root.
Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Contentious, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – Gift, for the Daily Spur prompt – Desk, for FOWC with Fandango – Plug, for August Monthly Writing Prompts – Genuine and virtuous, for Ragtag Community – Agitate, for Paula’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Park Gallop Licorice and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Gesture.