splendiferous |splenˈdifərəs|adjective informal humoroussplendid : a splendiferous Sunday dinner.
ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: formed irregularly fromsplendor .
Why say splendid when you can say splendiferous? Right? What a grand, magnificent, sumptuous word! And I could go on with the synonyms.
On a totally unrelated note: less then a week left until the release of Secrets and Ink, and there are a couple of giveaway running to win a free copy. A very bored Mayhem is hosting one at Stumbling over Chaos. The other one at Mrs. Condit Reads Books comes with a review.
sibilant |ˈsibələnt|adjective Phonetics(of a speech sound) sounded with a hissing effect, for example s, sh.• making or characterized by a hissing sound : hissibilant whisper.
a sibilant speech sound.
ORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin sibilant-‘hissing,’ from the verb sibilare.
The most fitting illustration of this word I can think of is the scene from the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when he talks to the snake. The above picture is the best I could find from it. But then I came across this:
(by Cheuette-e on DeviantArt)
Honestly, he doesn't rock my boat, but that's a nice fan art.
In honor of the upcoming Turkey Day, I decided to share this vintage postcard of mine. These types of cards are among my favorites. They were printed on soft, textured cotton paper. The image is based on a black and white photograph which was then hand-colored. Not every card individually, of course, but the template. It's not my area of expertise but I suspect they used a different printing plate for every color--I count at least eight different colors. The final result is an image that's somewhere between a photograph and a watercolor painting. I like it.
funicular |fyoŏˈnikyələr|adjective1 (of a railroad, esp. one on a mountainside) operating by cable with ascending and descending carscounterbalanced.2 of or relating to a rope or its tension.
a railroad operating in such a way.
ORIGIN mid 17th cent. (in the sense [of or like a cord or thread] ): from Latin funiculus (diminutive of funis‘rope’ ) + -ar 1.
It's probably one of those words many people know but rarely have and occasion to use. I simply love this word because of the way it sounds.
plangent |ˈplanjənt|adjective chiefly poetic/literary(of a sound) loud, reverberating, and often melancholy.
ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from Latin plangent-‘lamenting,’ from the verb plangere.
I wonder, is a bullfrog's mating call melancholy enough to be called plangent?