Once again, I made it my resolution to try to keep track of all the words I have to look up in the dictionary. This would probably be much easier if I used an old-fashioned book dictionary, but do people still do that? I have a dictionary. I got it for my 25th birthday. It’s an amazing, unabridged doozy that weighs like eight pounds. Right now, I believe it’s sitting under the monitor on my desk. Yes, I use it as a monitor stand.
Just like last year, I tried to keep a little note on my dashboard where I would paste each of the words I had to look up for either meaning or spelling. About fifty percent of the time I was trying to catch people using a word wrong, just for my own smug satisfaction.
However, thanks to my friend Steve, I learned that there was a word I’ve been using incorrectly for as long as I have been using it. That word? Nonplussed. Yeah, I always thought it mean unperturbed, undisturbed, chill. Nope, it means “to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.” Who knew? I mean, aside from Steve.
Anyway, if you want to see the other words I didn’t know the meaning of, check below.
slovenly 01 Feb11
Words from Ziggy (dates unknown)