Wordful Wednesday for August 8th: Special Olympic Edition

Since I know that, through the course of our relationship, you’ve come to care deeply about the state of my nasal passages, I’m very excited to share the following news with you:

I’m now on antibiotics. 

Yay!

Normally, I don’t get that excited about prescription medication, but let’s face it – things were getting a little gross. I know you all love me, but there’s only so much discussion of my congestion levels that you should  be reasonably expected to take.

And so, today’s glorious word is perspicuousness: the state or characteristic of clarity. 

One more time:

Yay!

How does this relate to yesterday’s mention of my competitive spirit, you ask? Well, I looked through our previous Wordful Wednesdays together, and found out that today’s word, at four syllables and 14 letters, wins the long distance event!

Our inaugural word, “defenestration” is also 14 letters, but “perspicuousness” wins extra points for style by landing a double p and triple quadruple s combo. 

Tomorrow we’ll take a break from this stellar Olympic coverage with a brand new edition of “My Favourite Television Show You’ve Never Heard Of”. In the meantime, be sure to participate in round two of our own Olympic games, before the medal ceremony on Friday!

16 thoughts on “Wordful Wednesday for August 8th: Special Olympic Edition

  1. I wonder what would happen if the pharmaceutical companies renamed some of their sinus meds to be more reflective of their true purpose…”Sudafed” could be “Clarity”…Zyrtec could be your word of the day..”Perspicuousness”..Would help people with their congestion and improve their vocabulary at the same time..:-) Hope you feel better soon!!

    • What a fabulous idea! Can you imagine…going to the drugstore could count towards credit in your english and language courses… Thanks so much for the well wishes, I am definitely on the mend already 🙂

    • From what I could tell when I was preparing for today’s post, the two can be used interchangeably (here’s wikipedia’s definition: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perspicacity)
      But please don’t apologize for being picky! I’m a total word nerd and love these kinds of discussions. So glad you jumped in and hope you’ll stick around for future Wordful Wednesdays 🙂

  2. I love this! First, yay for the antibiotics – I try to be supersinus woman every time and then always acquiesce to the antibiotics,{ I do admit an affinity for alliteration…} it just seems to be the only thing that works. I wish that you did not know such misery, but know that yours has company! The words, oh I love the words. It’s a new one I must admit, but you certainly do have a way with them and so I thank you making this one abundantly perspicuous. 🙂

    • Oh, my.

      We all know that Dave is my #1 blog-crush (I can’t help it – have you SEEN him with the guitar?!?) but you, my lovely, are moving into a very close second!

      The alteration alone has me awash in admiration for your abilities!

      • Oh you just make my day!!

        I have a chance at the silver – yeah! – in your bloggity blog world! Yay! 🙂 I have to go check out my ‘competiton’ but I am very happy just having a chance on the podium!

        Ah, another alliteration admirer, I assumed!

        xo

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  6. Ah, I ran into this one yesterday as I was going through your maze of links 😉 It’s a good word. Quite the linguistic breakdown 😉 Am glad if the antibiotics did their thing.

    • Thanks! I’m trying to link up to new material so that folks aren’t reading the same things over and over. Gotta do my best to keep things fresh 🙂

      • Excellent! That’s called “getting caught in a recursive loop” as a smart boy once told me. Happens to me all the time when I’m looking at Friends clips on youtube. 🙂

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