Today’s word is caprice:
1 a : a sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated notion or action
1 b : a sudden usually unpredictable condition, change, or series of changes
2 : a disposition to do things impulsively
I have to admit that this word hits home a little bit because I suffer from bipolar disorder. As a result of the illness, I tend to be a bit capricious. I have often been accused (rightly) of being impulsive. I’m working on it, though.
I know, not exactly the word caprice, but it’s a variant form! It counts.
My boss has used the word obstreperous several times when referring to one of my employees. Without even knowing what the word actually meant, I could tell (based on my employee’s characteristic) that it meant seriously stubborn.
Merriam-Webster provides 2 definitions for obstreperous:
1 : marked by unruly or aggressive noisiness
2 : stubbornly resistant to control
I’m pretty sure my boss used the second definition of the word for my employee. And the definition is just as I expected. People who are unwilling to yield to authority and relinquish control can be obstreperous.
Definition of insalubrious: not conducive to health. (Unhealthy, maybe?) Merriam-Webster also suggests unwholesome as a closely related word.
Eating fatty pork and chicken skin is insalubrious dining.
Definition of opprobrium:
1 : something that brings disgrace
2 a : public disgrace or ill fame that follows from conduct considered grossly wrong or vicious
2 b : contempt, reproach
I can only imagine the opprobrium I would have received from my parents if I hadn’t done well in school.
Or, perhaps, many a man has received widespread opprobrium in the #metoo movement.
Definition of iconoclast:
1 : a person who attacks settled beliefs or institutions
2 : a person who destroys religious images or opposes their veneration
In all honesty, I am still trying to wrap my head around this word to use it in a sentence. Would a Flat-Earther be an iconoclast of proven science?
Cognizant: knowledgeable of something especially through personal experience (also mindful)
I am cognizant of my skills and abilities as an editor.
This week’s word is lugubrious. It’s a great word that’s gotten recent play in the press.
1 : mournful
2 : dismal
Per the San Francisco Chronicle:
Georgetown University sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson called out President Donald Trump at soul singer Aretha Franklin’s funeral in an alliterative assault in response to the president saying that Franklin “worked for him.”
“You lugubrious leech, you dopey doppelgänger of deceit and deviance, you lethal liar, you dimwitted dictator, you foolish fascist,” he said. “She ain’t work for you.”
OMG. The VOCABULARY. *swoon*