It’s time to get the creative juices flowing. You’ve recovered from the excesses of the weekend and are ready to sally forth with pennant flying. Take all that energy and channel it toward some writing.
Selecting the single best word for your story can be a challenge. I often stumble across awesome words I’d like to use but never do. Why don’t I slip them in somewhere? No one uses these gems. If we did, our readers might falter, wrinkle their collective brows and mumble naughty words as they fall out of the literary world we’ve drawn them inside.
They might even chuck our darling across the room. Bad. Big ouch. But some of these words are just so nifty we’ve got to celebrate a little and explore new vocabulary.
Today’s dangerous word: gallimaufry
–noun, plural -fries. Chiefly Literary.
1. a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
2. a ragout or hash.
1545–55; < Middle French galimafree kind of sauce or stew, probably a conflation of galer to amuse oneself ( see gallant) and Picard dialect mafrer to gorge oneself (< Middle Dutch moffelen to eat, nosh)
Now go forth and use the dangerous word of the week. Follow the biological imperative and produce offspring. Be prodigious. Don’t forget to share your accomplishments. Brag about reaching your goal. Put it out there. Boast!
How did you achieve word use? Did you drop it in conversation, graffiti tag it, or sneak it in a document? How did you bag-and-tag the challenge?