Who wants to play the Wednesday Word Game with me?
This game is a cracker if you love words and wordplay!
Here’s the deal. You choose a few words, preferably some plump, delicious beauties, that have fallen out of common usage, and you try to wedge them into any and every conversation you hold during the day.
I used to play this all the time when I lived in Brighton. It was the perfect distraction strategy for all social occasions, turning the horrors of ‘mingling’ into a lexical mission. I got pretty good at it too, not batting an eyelid at dropping ‘onomatopoeia’ casually into conversation over blasting music in a heaving club.
Now I live in remote West Wales, and with more sheep per acre than people, social interactions are a bit thin on the ground. However, I stumbled upon a clutch of such magnificent specimens in Dostoyevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ that I couldn’t bear to leave them unspoken, even if I only resurrect them for just for one day.
I’ve listed them below with their definitions, so you can play along too!
1. Ratiocinations – the process of exact thinking; reasoning; reasoned train of thought (the opposite of ‘going with your gut’).
2. Casuistry – the use of clever but unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions; sophistry.
3. Scrofulous – (this one’s my favourite) – morally degenerate; corrupt; having a diseased, run-down appearance.
So, your mission is to get out there and spread the word. Oh, and don’t forget to report back!