Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I Love Words

I'll confess. I'm a thesaurus junkie. Hello, my name is Terri and I'm a ... When I read a book, three
quarters of my brain is following the plot, but the other quarter... Oh my goodness! What are you doing? I'm looking at ways the author puts together a sentence,   describes something, and the interesting words used. Even when I write this blog, my handy online thesaurus is never far away.

Some of my favorites:

plethora: just the way it rolls of the tongue and the meaning also

splendiferous: again a lovely word to just say for pure joy of it sound

eclectic: another choice of mine both for meaning and for the way it sounds. Here's how I use it a lot: I have an eclectic taste in music.
   :selecting or choosing from various sources"

nefarious: great synonym for heinous, odious, horrible, vile...

and my list goes on, and on, and on:

The definitions above are from

And here's some fun from Google and Pictures from and Google Images.

Eleven British Terms That Flummox Americans:

British Saloon
Saloon in US

Pants in US

British pants

British Muppet
(stupid person)
Muppet in US

British Jumper

Jumper in US

Digestive Biscuits
not-so-sweet cookie/cake/cracker

Biscuits in US

Braces in the US
British braces

Bonnet in US
British bonnet (hood)

British boot

Boot in US

British dummy

Dummy in US

British pudding

Pudding in US

British Zebra Crossing
Zebra crossing in US

And now, students, you have had your lesson in Vocabulary. The added bonus is now you can go to England and speak like a native!


(all ways to say Goodbye in British English)


  1. lol! very nice!

    I used to carry a pocket thesaurus in my purse. Now that I have a phone thesaurus, I dont need it anymore. :)

    1. So handy when you're at a loss for words!

  2. This is SUCH a fun post. I love words too. And reading British fiction has certainly increased my word list!

  3. This was such a fun enlightening post to read! I especially love how the same word we use in the US means something completely different in Britain!

  4. My favorite saying of words: superfluity of naughtiness (James 1:21 KJV). It just makes me smile each time I say it! My husband is a word junkie, too. Etymology is one of his favorite subjects, so he's always talking about different words and their meanings.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comments!



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