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Wonderful Words

These are some of my favourite words. If you have any favourite words I'd love to hear about them. You can email me at

asinine [as-uh-nahyn] (This word always brings to mind Mr Collins from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.)

1. foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid.
2. of or like an ass: asinine obstinacy; asinine features.

burgeon [bur-juh n]

verb (used without object)
1. to grow or develop quickly; flourish: The town burgeoned into a city. He burgeoned into a fine actor.
2. to begin to grow, as a bud; put forth buds, shoots, etc., as a plant (often followed by out, forth).
verb (used with object)
3. to put forth, as buds.
4. a bud; sprout.

barouche [buh-roosh]

a four-wheeled carriage with a high front seat outside for the driver, facing seats inside for two couples, and a calash top over the back seat.

flagrant [fley-gruh nt]

1. shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring: a flagrant error.
2. notorious; scandalous: a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender.
3. Archaic. blazing, burning, or glowing.

laureate [lawr-ee-it, lor-]

1. a person who has been honoured for achieving distinction in a particular field or with a particular award: a Nobel laureate.
2. poet laureate.
3. deserving or having special recognition for achievement, as for poetry (often used immediately after the noun that is modified): poet laureate; conjurer laureate.
4. having special distinction or recognition in a field: the laureate men of science.
5. crowned or decked with laurel as a mark of honour.
6. consisting of or resembling laurel, as a wreath or crown.

scintillating [sin-tl-ey-ting]

1. animated; vivacious; effervescent: a scintillating personality.
2. witty; brilliantly clever: a scintillating conversationalist; a play full of scintillating dialogue.





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