THE VOCABULARY PART
Here’s how this blog post came to be, my little scribes. I read something that was lame, lacking any spunk. In truth I couldn’t believe it’d been published.
All I could think was: “this is insipid.”
While I thought that was the right word to describe what I’d read, I sometimes doublecheck words when I want to confirm that I’m using a word properly, that I know its real meaning.
That the word hasn’t become slang for something I don’t want to be saying. That I’m not inadvertently being vulgar.
So being a conscientious person I went to doublecheck the meaning of the word insipid. I used the trusty New Oxford American Dictionary that’s on my iMac.
Come to find out I do know the definition of the word insipid. It means: “lacking vigor or interest.“
Yep, that’d describe what I’d been reading.
However there’s more to what I learned. You see, while looking up the definition of insipid, come to find out, there are subtle differences among three words that are occasionally used interchangeably. Please refer to image immediately above this paragraph.
These words are the ones that writers, myself included, often misuse. Perhaps you’ve used them wrongly, too. No judgement here.
To demonstrate that I, a wordsmith, now understand the nuances implied in each word I’ll use these aforementioned words correctly in one long sentence. This sentence is the summation of our home improvement journey thus far.
When writing anything I aim to not be INSIPID, but admit that studiously researching a topic for a post can be TEDIOUS, not at all like the excitement created by the comings and goings of the tile guy who is making my daily life anything but UNEVENTFUL.
THE PHOTO PART
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Do you sometimes wonder how the heck someone got their insipid article or book published?
Do you look up words in the dictionary to make sure you understand a word’s true + current meaning?
Is the tile in your bathroom primarily small, medium, or large like the new stuff we’re using? What color is it?
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