Words that make me go ‘ooh and ahh’


Quintessential (adj.)

  1. Representative of a quality, state … perfect. (This is one of my favourites)

“In my generation, history was taught in terms of grand figures, men on whom the destiny of the nation hinged, quintessential heroes”. Barry Unsworth


Propinquity (n)

  1. Formal nearness in time, place, or relationship. (Got this from a poem … :))
“Loneliness is never more cruel than when it is felt in close propinquity with someone who has ceased to communicate”. Germaine Greer (steps back quietly)


Tautological (adj.)

  1. The use of words that merely repeats something already stated (someone said this about some of my stuff 🙁 – love the word though :))

“To create man was a quaint and original idea, but to add the sheep was tautology“. Mark Twain 


Quirky (adj.)

  1. A peculiarity of character; mannerism or foible.
  2. An unexpected twist or turn: a strange quirk of fate.

“Well, what I try to do is throw as much mud on the wall as I possibly can and just see what sticks, what shines as quirky or more interesting than the others, and I try to cling onto that one, somehow join a link from there to there”. Guy Ritchie


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