Words to Use More Often #4 [Valentine’s Day Edition]

Hello again, friends!

As we all know, Valentine’s Day is today. 😀 And I’m sure while some of us have lovely plans, others will be content with living romance vicariously through books. 😛

Since, last year, I wrote a post called This Valentine’s Day, Buy Someone A Book, (It’s been exactly a year and two days since I wrote that! Goodness me, how time flies) I thought I’d continue the tradition and publish something Valentine’s Day-related. We haven’t had one of these Words to Use More Often posts in a while, so here you have fourteen words that, for whatever reason, remind me of love. Enjoy!


words to use more often

+ Billet-Doux

noun

  1. a love letter.

+ Saccharine

verb

  1. excessively sweet or sentimental.

+ Vestige

noun

  1. a trace of something that is disappearing or no longer exists.

+ Redamancy

verb

  1. the act of loving someone in return; requiting one’s love.

+ Idyll

noun

  1. a very happy or peaceful time or situation.

+ Pianissimo

adjective or adverb

  1. (of music) very soft or softly.

+ Palpitate

verb

  1. (of the heart) to beat fast or irregularly.

+ Twinge

noun

  1. a brief, sharp pang of emotion.

+ Rhapsody

noun

  1. an enthusiastic or ecstatic expression of feeling.

+ Lustrous

adjective

  1. having a soft glow or sheen.

+ Quixotic

adjective

  1. idealistic but impractical; overly romantic

+ Reverie

noun

  1. a daydream; the state of being pleasantly lost in one’s thoughts.

+ Tryst

noun

  1. a private, romantic rendezvous between lovers.

+ Warble

verb

  1. sing in a trilling or quavering voice

❤ Yasimone

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Words to Use More Often: #3 [Autumn Edition]

Hey everyone! To celebrate autumn, here’s a list of words that remind of one of the most beautiful times of the year— the season of pumpkin spice lattes, of falling, crunching leaves, of cozy jackets and cold cheeks, and of looking out the window at the stunning, rainy world outside. (Can you tell how much I like autumn? 😛 Although, of course, all of the seasons are great in their own way!)


+ Foliage

noun

  1. plants leaves, collectively; leafage

+ Hearth

noun

  1. the floor or area in front of a fireplace

+ Quaint

adjective

  1. charmingly old-fashioned
  2. attractively unusual

+ Ember

noun

  1. a small piece of burning or glowing coal or wood in a dying fire.

+ Caramel

noun

  1. sugar that has been heated into a smooth, chewy dark- to light-brown paste.

+ Crisp

adjective

  1. (describing the weather, not the snack) fresh, cool, invigorating.

+ Psithurism

noun

  1. the sound of wind rustling leaves.

+ Ablaze

adjective

  1. burning fiercely.
  2. bright and colourful.

+ Laurel

noun

  1. any shrubs and other plants with dark green glossy leaves (such as the bay tree or mountain laurel).
  2. the leaves from a laurel woven into a wreath worn on the head as an symbol honour or victory in olden times

❤ Yasimone

P.S.- Use the word “psithurism” around your friends and leave them bewildered at your amazing vocabulary skills. 😉

P.P.S.- How fun is that to say? It actually sounds like what it means!

P.P.P.S.- Okay, so I just looked that up and apparently words that sound like what they mean are called onomatopoeia (which I  already knew) or echomimetics (which I didn’t know).

P.P.P.P.S.- Ooh, that should be my theme for my next Words to Use More Often post!

P.P.P.P.P.S.- Enough post-scripts. This is getting out of hand! 😛

Words to Use More Often: #2

Well, hello there!

It’s been a while! I’m finally back home after an amazing vacation and yet I’ve got so much to catch up on in Travel Snippets! 😐 Worry not though, I’m back on schedule (hopefully) and will be posting more Travel Snippets as well as Book Reviews and Book Chats, both of which I was unable to write while abroad due to my lack of books. So, for now, here’s another Words to Use More Often— interesting words that I love and want to bring back into everyone’s daily vocabulary. Enjoy!


>> Ethereal

adjective

  1. exquisitely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.

>> Bliss

noun

  1. pure joy; perfect happiness

>> Elusive

adjective

  1. difficult to find, catch, or achieve

>> Labyrinth

noun

  1. a complicated, irregular network of passages and paths where it is difficult to find the way out; a maze

>> Loquacious

adjective

  1. talking a great deal; talkative

>> Briar

noun [alternate spelling: brier]

prickly, scrambling bushes, such as wild roses

>> Discombobulated

adjective

frustrated, confused

>> Marginalia

noun

  1. notes in the margins of a book

>> Regal

adjective

  1. resembling that of a monarch
  2. majestic and dignified

>>  Nonchalant

adjective

  1. feeling casual and calm
  2. not showing interest or anxiety; appearing neutral

❤ Yasimone

New Series || Words to Use More Often: #1

Hello hello! Sorry for my absence lately, I’m still travelling abroad and it’s so much fun! I’m constantly busy, and WiFi is a little scarce at the moment, but don’t worry; I promise to try to posting more often. I know this isn’t a travel blog, but I might be posting a couple things about my travels sometime soon, so look forward to that. Anyway, this post is a little something that popped into my brain a couple days ago, which is a weekly list of words that catch my whimsy and that I want to be able to use more often. Lists and pretty words, what’s not to love? Enjoy! 🙂


I adore words. They have power.  Using them in different ways makes people smile or laugh or weep or think. They open your eyes to new things, amuse you, comfort you, teach you. Words are everything and everything is a word. But I’ve noticed that in this age of instant gratification, eloquence is out. Instead, it’s been replaced by texting abbreviations, simple sentences, and spelling everything wrong. So I’ve made it my mission to bring back beautiful words. Care to join me?

Here’s my first list of words I love and wish people would use more often. I’m definitely integrating them into my daily vocabulary. 😀

>> Effervescent

adjective

  1. (of a liquid) giving off bubbles; fizzy
  2. (of a personality) vivacious and enthusiastic; bubbly and lively

>> Ineffable

adjective

  1. too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.

>> Petrichor

noun

  1. a pleasant smell that occurs after the first rain after a long period of dry and warm weather.

>> Solace

noun

  1. comfort or consolation in a time of great distress or grief.

>> Eucatastrophe

noun

  1. a favourable resolution to a story; a happy ending

>> Bucolic

adjective

  1. relating to the pleasantness of the countryside and rural life

>> Opaque

adjective

  1. not transparent or translucent; not shining or bright

>> Blithe

adjective

  1. having a casual and carefree indifference considered improper
  2. happy or cheerful

>> Smidgen

noun

  1. a very small amount of something

>> Zephyr

noun

  1. a soft, gentle breeze

Well, that’s all for this week! Are there any words that you particularly like, whether for their meaning or how they sound or the way they’re spelled? Have a lovely day!

 ❤ Yasimone