This week’s words for Wordy Wednesday are brought to you by Cassandra’s word calendar, my boss and a book I’ve recently been reading, The Emotional Craft of Fiction by Donald Maas.
- Prosaic (from my boss during a team meeting)
- Judder (from Cassandra’s “Word of the Day” calendar)
- Incantatory (from the book I’m reading about writing the story beneath the story)
# 1) Prosaic: Having the style or diction of prose; lacking poetic beauty. Commonplace; unromantic.
Example: His efforts to impress her were prosaic and fell flat, leading to his ultimate failure.
# 2) Judder: Noun: an instance of rapid and forceful shaking and vibration. Verb: (especially of something mechanical) shake and vibrate rapidly and with force.
Example: As she drove toward the place where her killer waited, her car juddered as though to warn her to turn back. If only she knew how to speak car.
# 3) Incantatory: Adjective: relating to or having the characteristics of an incantation. Repetitious wordiness used to conceal a lack of content; obfuscation.
Example: Mr. Jones knew that his report would be incantatory. He’d come to expect it. Someone must have taught him the “baffle them with bullshit” methods early.
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