Interesting Words

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While cleaning out my files I came across a number of torn out pages from various magazines. One was from an old issue of Readers Digest with a list of words; some of which I found particularly interesting. My personal comments are at the end of each explanation, after the dash.

pooh-bah – pompous, self-important person; an official holding many offices at the same time  After Pooh-Bah, a character in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado.  -This made me wonder how many other words evolved from movie, TV, or book characters.

jeremiad – long list of woes or complaints, ex: His book was a melodramatic confessional and jeremiad. After Jeremiah, Biblical Hebrew prophet who lived from the seventh to sixth century B.C. -Now I have to go back and read Jeremiah to see if that’s all he was known for–complaining.

putative – supposed; believed to be; as…

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100 Mostly Small But Expressive Interjections

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I often have trouble with these silly little words, but forgot I had this list until I was looking for something else. It is by Mark Nichol on DailyWritingTips. The two that I have the most trouble with are ‘ew’ and ‘uh-uh.’ You never know when your character may need to use one of these! I hope you find these helpful too. I should print this out and keep it beside my computer.

They often seem disreputable, like sullen idlers loitering in a public thoroughfare, but they actually do a lot of hard work and are usually persnickety about the tasks to which they are put. They are interjections — one class of them, anyway: those lacking etymological origins but packed with meaning.
But how do you know how to distinguish similar ones — or spell them, for that matter? Here’s an incomplete inventory of interjections (not including variations of…

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