A Word With Judd - April 2013

  Aberrant

How many times have we all been in the situation where someone is doing something ridiculous and we have but the vocal dexterity to say that they are being ‘silly’? Would it not be better if you could impress and confound them with your usage of the term ‘aberrant’?

The word ‘aberrant’, pronounced ab-er-ant, simply means to deviate from the normal, or as we say in common terms, being silly.

Picture this - You are taking a stroll along a lonely path, when out of the gloom emerges a figure. As the figure comes toward you, you can make out that he has lady-bug shaped tea cosy placed on his head. You have three choices;

To tell the man to stop being silly, To tell the man to cease his aberrant behaviour, or To move quickly in the opposite direction.

I personally know what I would choose. Armed with the word ‘aberrant’ you can both belittle people and increase how pretentious you appear to the people around you; use it wisely.

 

Pontificate

I am sure at some point in your life you have met a person who can best be described as being pompous. Well next time you catch them up on their podium, here is a nifty word to describe their behaviour - they are ‘pontificating’. The term to ‘pontificate’ comes from the word originally used to describe an official of the Catholic Church, and simply refers to the fact that they are exhibiting vocal expressions that could be regarded as pompous or dogmatic. So next time you catch them, tell them to stop pontificating, as it is irritating. Deglutition

Been on a date recently? If you want to offend someone without being offensive, use the term ‘deglutition’ to describe them swallowing their dinner. The word only means ‘to swallow’ so really you are not being rude. The results can be rather interesting, and it can make an exciting change for a dull night. Fatigate

Sick of the word fatigued? Next time you are feeling quite exhausted try the word fatigate - it means exactly the same thing, even has the same word origins, but just sounds a bit different. People will look at you like you have a speech impediment, but then you have a perfect opportunity to pounce and tell them, nose held ten feet in the air, that it is in fact correct terminology and they should look it up in a dictionary.

See kids, this is how you get popular.

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