Month: July 2017

Luxuriant words to brighten your vocabulary 

Interesting adjectives and nouns are a good way to liven up your verbiage and sentences. They can make you seem more vibrant and intelligent, and make more succinct alternatives to more basic phrases.


Evanescent means fading rapidly, out of memory and existence. This evaporating effect infers that time passing is over before one could notice.


A French adjective, chatoyant refers to a gemstone which has a single streak of light, creating a bright lustre. The noun for chatoyant is cabochon, which is a smooth, round gemstone which has not been cut into a shape e.g. Five point diamond.


Italian for sweet, this word means pleasant or sweet. It can be similar to sugar coated, in the sense that it might only sound sweet.


Saccharine means sickly sweet, like eating too much Hershey’s chocolate. Saccharine normally refers to a syrup, or if it’s a film, overly cloying and sentimental.


Mellifluous means melodious and silvery to the ear. A similar term is euphonious, which means pleasing to the ear. Classical music would be an example of mellifluous sounds. Like dulcet, it could be used metaphorically to describe  a topic which would be allaying. But these days, I think that even the weather and cat videos could be offensive.


Meaning bubbly and sparkling, like champagne, this is often used to describe a mood or someone’s personality. Vivid images of an elixir fizzing in a potion vial, inside a an alchemist’s lab spring to mind.


Mawkish means cliche and hammy, perhaps in a melodramatic and self pitying way. It brings to mind someone who is comically self-obsessed with their failures and flaws.


Diaphanous means light and translucent, like gossamer. A diadem is a bright tiara of jewels for a lady, and could be diaphanous. A diamond or clear lake would be diaphanous too.


Like in the Pokemon games, vermilion is a shade of red. Vermilion is made from cinnabar, a Mercury sulphate. There are many different shades of red – garnet, Ruby, Crimson, rose, maroon, carmine, cerise etc.


Dysphasia is a state of dysfunctional chaos, the opposite of euphoria. So if you are having a nightmare, or chaotic day, you are going through dysphoria. Dysphoria can also mean disorientating and confusing as well.


Often cited in lake lachrymose, this word means plaintive or sad. It has a particularly maudlin tone in its long syllables. Aunt Josephine’s lake lachrymose is a representation of her sadness in the books (as well as highlighting the absurdism and realism).