Woolgathering Words


Whenever I find myself reading – whether it be a print novel, a case study for class, an interesting digital media piece – I often come across scores of words of which I can merely guess based on the surrounding words or past run-ins. This pattern led me to create a page dedicated precisely to those words, most of which either come up often or appear ludicrous enough to capture my curiosity (I admit that I included one word solely because I misspelled it in the 8th Grade Regional Spelling Bee and have been resentful ever since). Please enjoy this rather simple feature, and comments and suggestions are always encouraged!


  • Heuristic [adjective] – enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves.
  • Halcyon [adjective] – denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.
  • Polemic [noun] – a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something; the art or practice of engaging in controversial debate or dispute.
  • Quotidian [adjective] – of or recurring every day; daily.
  • Bellicose [adjective] – a warlike or hostile attitude
  • Strident [adjective] – sounding harsh and unpleasant; expressing opinions or criticism in a very forceful and often annoying or unpleasant way.
  • Magnanimity [noun] – the fact or condition of being magnanimous; generosity.
  • Chauvinistic [adjective] – feeling or displaying aggressive or exaggerated patriotism; displaying excessive or prejudiced support for one’s own cause, group, or sex.
  • Nihilism [noun] – the rejection of all religious and moral principles, often in the belief that life is meaningless.
  • Turpitude [noun] – depravity or wickedness.
  • Nadir [noun] – the lowest point, typically of adversity or despair.
  • Promulgate [verb] – to promote or make widely aware.
  • Zeitgeist [noun] – the spirit or general trend of the time, characteristic of that friend.
  • Dharma [noun] – a key concept with multiple meanings in Indian religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism.
  • Trite [adjective] – overused and consequently of little importance; lacking originality or freshness.
  • Interstitial [adjective] – pertaining to, situated in, or forming small or narrow spaces or intervals between things or parts, especially when one of a series of alternating uniform spaces and parts.
  • Proclivity [noun] – natural or habitual inclination, tendency, propensity, or predisposition.
  • Iterative [adjective] – making repetition, or repetitious.

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