Word Challenge: proceleusmatic

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:
proc·e·leus·mat·ic (/prɒs
 [pros-uh-loos-mat-ik, proh-suh-]
1. inciting, animating, or inspiring.
2. Prosody.
    a. noting a metrical foot of four short syllables.
    b. pertaining to or consisting of feet of this kind.
1700–10; < Late Latin
proceleusmaticus  < Greek prokeleusmatikós  literally, calling for incitement, equivalent to pro- pro-2 + keleusmat-  (stem of kéleusma  summons, derivative of keleúein  to rouse to action) + -ikos -ic
Dictionary.com Unabridged
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?

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  1. #1 by Angela Orlowski-Peart on August 2, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    I'm fascinated with words (thus, I am a writer)! English is my second language but I’ve been fortunate enough to learn it quickly. Now I exclusively write in English although I read a lot in my native Polish. I come across interesting words quite frequently, mostly in books that I read in my leisure time, but also while conducting a research for a scene in my novel, which, I tend to do a lot. My fascination with words takes me often away from the task at hand and on a wild ride of a new word discovery. This might sound like an annoying habit but, after all, I learn a lot in the process! And I have a ton of fun.

  2. #2 by Lesann Berry on August 3, 2011 - 7:50 am

    I do the same thing, get sidetracked looking up words or information and the next thing you know, another hour gone. I learn absolutely useless things that fascinate me. I can't imagine the distractions of having more than one language to entice me away from the work at hand!

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