WOW: usageaster

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: usageaster.

A usageaster is a self-styled expert in language usage.  Often it’s used in a derogatory sense.

Sometime I feel that I’m presumptuous enough having a weekly language post  that I might be in danger of being a usageaster myself.


Word of the Week Wednesday: velleity


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: velleity.

Velleity, pronounced vuh-LEE-i-tee, denotes the lowest degree of desire or volition.

It’s a weak wish completely unaccompanied by any action to fulfill it .

I like this odd, uncommon word, although I can see it used harshly in a judgmental fashion.


Word of the Week Wednesday: behoove


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: behoove.

The word behoove is a verb that means to be necessary or proper.  It’s not an inordinately uncommon word but it’s just old-timey enough to stand out.

It might behoove us to try to slip in into conversation when we get an opportunity.


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