Cantankerous and Wackadoodle – Word Blog #1

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26/08/2015 – Blog Number 1

As an avid reader, writer, and soon to be author, I come across a lot of words. However, my current vocabulary, although growing, is probably average and it certainly wasn’t very good several years ago. So when I come across words in books that I don’t recognize straight away or find myself wondering ‘what does that word mean again?’ I immediately jot it down and head over to a dictionary.

So I thought, why not write a blog with the different words I come across? It might help some people out there. I know as a new writer it would certainly help me. I’ll try and find the strange, wonderful and hilarious words that you probably don’t hear or see very often, then I’ll type them up in a list with explanations and examples. (Hope this helps guys, I’ll try and compose a list of words at least a couple of times a month -C.L.).


Only a short list today….

Antipathy(noun) A feeling of strong dislike, opposition or anger.

i.e. His fundamental antipathy to capitalism.

Cantankerous (adjective) Bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative.

i.e. She climbed up into the cantankerous carriage

Decadent (adjective) Characterized by or reflecting a state of moral or cultural decline.

i.e. A decaying, decadent land.

(noun)  A person who is luxuriously self-indulgent.

i.e. for half a million dollars, he offers rich decadents the chance to lead a deadly safari.

Idiom (noun) A speech form or an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements, as in keep tabs on.

i.e. ”’Far out,’ she replied, using a rather dated idiom”

Palpable (adjective) Able to be touched or felt.

i.e. The palpable bump on the back of his head.

(adjective) Of a feeling or atmosphere so intense as to seem almost tangible.

i.e. A palpable sense of loss.

(adjective) Plain to see or comprehend.

i.e. It is palpable nonsense.

Wackadoodle (adjective) Eccentric or fanatical.

i.e. an alarming number of wackadoodles predict the world will indeed end.

(noun) An eccentric or fanatical person.

i.e. he has given credence to a lot of wackadoodle beliefs.


And if you guys want to check out the books where these words came from…

Nefertiti’s Heart (The Artifact Hunters Book 1) by A.W. Exley

Captured (The Captive Series Book 1) by Erica Stevens

Enchanted Secrets (Witches of Bayport Book 1) by Kristen Middleton

(That’s it for today, thanks for reading! -C.L.)


Disclaimer: All these words can be found on online dictionaries and all examples have either come from online sources or have been composed by myself. 

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