Ordure is among the most deceptive words I have encountered. To me, ordure sounds eloquent, refined, as if I have come upon a wonderful apartment that is more statuesque than most. It has that “ordure” look to it. But ordure’s meaning is far from it. Ordure means dung, the stuff used as fertilizer to improve soil quality. It’s no common word, then.
The words stalactites and stalagmites sounds like another job for google search, I couldn’t figure them out, as my eyes gazed off the page and into space.
An internet search does come up with the exact definition which made complete sense as a google search does.
The words are related to science, describing something in the natural world. For words sounding so unnatural they stood out on the page. I won’t forget those ones.
The word repudiate means to deny, refuse to recognize.
On the news, repudiating often comes in the context of politics and goes like this.
A politician is on the defensive when asked about some controversial matter. “I repudiate that!” the politician says. No, it’s more like, “No comment” or “I deny that.”
The media seems to love politicians using repudiate in terms of “I deny that” or “I refute that”. But no politician actually says “I repudiate that!”. It is too much of a mouth full.
Why is repudiate even in the English language if most people refuse to use it? I think repudiate is mainly used by lawyers in their defense of a client. “He repudiates that!”
But there was a guy I saw on television who used it when being asked by a reporter, “Do you accept the charges against you?”
He said quietly, “I repudiate the charges.”
His comment went viral. Repudiate became a sensation for fifteen minutes. Its fifteen minutes of fame. That’s because hardly no one used the word, but he did.
I guess people still love that underused word very much. Repudiate has that exotic appeal in the right context.
I couldn’t have imagined how many words in Dante’s Inferno could be misunderstood, those mildly or moderately complex and very complicated words that requires a dictionary. I came up with about 300 difficult words which I randomly scribbled on a card to look up later. It became a very interesting exercise.
A good thing about writing Pirates of the Caribbean reviews is learning how to spell
Carribean, no I mean Caribbean (It gets easier).
While I took a break from a rather tedious writing project that has a deadline none too soon, I read a few pages of the epic poem Inferno and saw the word, “Decurion”. I couldn’t find a definition for it, except on google. It’s an interesting word, but the definition is rather dull. However, a educational excursion.