I have a Word-a-Day calendar – each day of the calendar has its own page and its own vocabulary word.Â But I am visiting away from Richmond this semester, I am packing my Richmond house and moving to Tulane, I am buying a house, and I am selling my house.Â I am therefore very far behind on my Word-a-Day calendar.Â I do not have time to work each word into a sentence.Â If you devoted readers could work the following words (from the past two weeks of March) into conversation, I would appreciate it.Â I would hate to waste the calendar by not using the words.Â Thanks.
Edulcorate:Â To free from harshness (as of attitude)
Adventitious:Â coming from another source and not inherent or innate
Corvee:Â Unpaid labor due from a feudal vassal to his lord
Occident:Â regions or countries lying to the west of a specified or implied point of orientation
Zibeline:Â a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair, alpaca, or camelâ€™s hair
Panjandrum:Â a powerful personage or pretentious official
Hydromancy:Â divination by the appearance or motion of liquids (as water)
Vanward:Â located in the vanguard
Favonian:Â of or relating to the west wind
Realia:Â objects or activities used to relate classroom teaching to the real life especially of peoples studied
Pedantry, eh? That’s a pretty fancy word there, Ivy Leaguer. (So is pomposity, by the way.)
This is the kind of crap that distances academics from the intelligent laymen. What a waste of time. Word of the day…get the f*** out of here with that BS. I stopped doing that during my 20s, when I realized I could do better things than nurture offputting pedantry.
I hope the favonian breezes blowing you toward your occidental opportunity proves an adventitious feather in your zibeline cap at Richmond, and does not leave you with a corvee to a panjandrum.
Or, best wishes.