Demimonde (noun)

Would this lady in this late 19th century poster be considered a demimonde?

This is an interesting word. You don’t really hear it much. I suppose you still could apply it in some form of context, but everyone would look at your like you had nine heads. Ultimately, the word has negative connotations. But since the noun is derived from France, it sounds non-threatening. Hell, it even sounds downright smart and hip — wait, wait, not with the hipster shit again. Just kidding. But anyway, here we go.

As defined by Dictionary.com:

1. (especially during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behavior or sexual promiscuity.

2. a demimondaine.

3. prostitutes or courtesans in general.

4. a group whose activities are ethically or legally questionable: a demimonde of investigative journalists writing for the sensationalist tabloids.

5. a group characterized by lack of success or status: the literary demimonde.

Use in a Sentence:

1.) “After Doris had the affair with Jon Steede, everyone in town branded her a demimonde. As a result, she was blackballed from attending local social events.”

2.) “Why is it in this day and age, if guy sleeps around, he’s a God; when a girl sleeps around; she’s a demimonde?”

3.) “Anthony thought it would be cool to go to the Red Light district to pick up a demimonde. He just forgot to bring his wallet with him.”

4.) “A demimonde of politicians in Washington made shady deals to insource Chinese immigrants to work in U.S. based factories, paying them on a fraction of the current minimum wage.”

5.) Big Star’s lack of success, left them with the reputation of a demimonde.

6.) Everyone in Ohio branded Charlie Manson’s mother as a demimonde — a loose woman.

Pedantic (adjective)

“Oh my, he’s quite pedantic.”

Despite chuckling at the Family Guy episode where Peter Griffin uses “pedantic” in a sentence — “I find this meatloaf rather shallow and pedantic,” I never took the opportunity to actually discover what the word meant. So now, I have decided to do so and give how I would use the word in a sentence.

So, as defined by Dictionary.com:

pe·dan·tic

1. ostentatious in one’s learning.

2. overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, especially in teaching.

Use in a Sentence:

1.) The business owner was so pedantic, being more concerned with the color of the free umbrellas that every one in the office had at their desks than paying the health insurance for all the employees at the end of the month.

2.) Pricilla not only lacked business sense as the Account Manager, she was pedantic – more concerned with the privileges and trappings the title gave her than knowing how to perform the role.

3.) The history professor was horrible, failing to teach the important points of the U.S. History course, instead focusing on pedantic points like discussing the difference between what people wore, and if Calvin Klein existed in the 1800s.

4.) The copy editor tended to be a little pedantic when it came to semi-colon use in a sentence.

5.) Sophie sat there for hours being incredible pedantic about the different nail polishes and lipsticks she wore that Jesse developed borborygmus.

Synonyms:
abstruse, academic, arid, didactic, doctrinaire, donnish, dry, dull, egotistic, erudite, formal, fussy, hairsplitting, learned, nit-picking, ostentatious, overnice, particular, pedagogic, pompous, priggish, punctilious, scholastic, schoolish, sententious, stilted

Verisimilitude (noun)

How much verisimilitude is in this photo?

This is a great word. I take pride in knowing this word. It’s just a dandy of a word that displays wonder and glee, passion and frenzy, truth and consequence… Ok, maybe I’m getting a little off topic here. I like this word. It’s a good word to know and apply. You just need to learn how to pronounce it properly.

So as defined by Dictionary.com:

ver·i·si·mil·i·tude

1. The appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability: The play lacked verisimilitude.

2. Something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.

Use in a Sentence:

1.) Nicholas and Frank went to watch Michael Bay’s “Pearl Harbor” in the theaters, and were shocked by its lack of verisimilitude and cheesy dialogue that surpassed the line of stirring borborygmus and projectile vomiting.

2.) Politicians, regardless of being republican or democrat, are not known for displaying verisimilitude.

3.) Most flopping in the NBA rarely shows any verisimilitude of being fouled.

Synonyms:

color, credibility, genuineness, likeliness, likeness, plausibility, realism, resemblance, semblance, show, similarity, virtual reality

Bibelot (noun)

As defined by Dictionary.com:

bi-be-lot

1: A small object of curiosity, beauty or rarity.

2: An attractive or curious trinket

3: A miniature book

Use in a Sentence:

1. “Philip carried around a bibelot of a tiny emerald shaped like gnome.”

2.  “Every time Joyce went to sit down at a table or desk, she took out a bibelot that looked like a copper spinning top and spun it on the table until it lost balance, flipped on its side and came to a stop. She would do this before eating, working, beginning or continuing a conversation with anyone. It was quite idiomatic.

Synonyms:

anomaly, bygone, conversation piece, curio, exoticism, freak, knickknack, marvel, monstrosity, nonesuch, objet d’art, oddity, peculiar object, prodigy, rarity, singular object, trinket, unusual object, wonder

Battology (noun)

As I was browsing Dictionary.com (I stopped using Merriam-Webster because it’s not free to view all 200,000 words that they have on site – fuckers), I saw this lovely little word that the site was presenting as the “Word of the Day.” I applaud this word, despite its negative connotation.

So without further to do, as defined by Dictionary.com:

bat-tol-o-gy

1: wearisome repetition of words in speaking or writing.

Use in a Sentence:

1.) “The speaker sat at the podium delivering a battology for two minutes, where he kept repeating, ‘If you are a human being, you are a human doing.’ All of us thought we were going to vomit.”

2.) “Charlie asked Joseph if he was going to debate, to which Joseph replied, ‘Why? It’s the same battology that’s they’ve done since they started that club. I would have more fun watching paint dry.'”

3.) “Every morning, Doris repeated the same battology to her son, Ronny, at the front door before he went off to school ‘If you can dream it, you can be it.’ One morning, when Ronny was 12, his mother stood at the door, when she delivered the battology for the umpteenth time. After which, Ronny said, “Mom, I dream about killing you every time you say that. Do you really want me to?'”

Phantasmagoria (noun)

This is a lovely little word. Surprisingly, this doesn’t get used that often. Or at least, I don’t ever really hear this word. So I think it’s time that we introduce ourselves to this word.

Therefore, as defined by Merriam-Webster:

phan-tas-ma-go-ria

1: an exhibition of optical effects and illusions

2
a: a constantly shifting complex succession of things seen or imagined
b: a scene that constantly changes

3: a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection or assemblage

Use in a Sentence:

1. “Jesse saw a phantasmagoria of demons and witches and warlocks spinning, flying around him to the point where he shut his eyes and screamed, ‘Stop it! Stop it!'”

2. “Taking that acid was a bad idea, Pricilla realized. As she walked down the street, all she could see was a phantasmagoria of people that looked melted and demonic – horns sprouting from heads, eyes turning lemon yellow, skin turning green and purple with orange poka dots; people turning into turquoise-colored octopuses that spoke in slow, deep voices about asking for some change.”

3. “Every night, Tommy dreaded falling asleep because of the stressful, fast-paced work environment he had. It started affecting his dreams to where he would be running down the hallways of his office with stacks of papers as managers and assistants popped in front of him with large faces and bugged out eyes – a phantasmagoria of hellishly-scary creatures that didn’t look human.” 

Lackadaisical (adjective)

Having not done one of these in a while, I thought it was time to whip one of these out. Lackadaisical is a great little word, full of wonderful bewilderment. Mostly because, no one seems to understand what it means when I say it. So therefore, I will educate.

As defined by Merriam-Webster:

lack-a-dai-si-cal

1: lacking life, spirit, or zest: Languid

Use in a Sentence:

1.) Sally Jane was so lackadaisical in the morning, she couldn’t rouse herself from her bed just to put on her glasses; sitting there for what seemed like an eternity in perpetual blindness, while crepuscular light came through the blinds.

2.) Camels seem ever the lackadaisical creatures, but it’s not that they are; they’re just stubborn and hardheaded.

3.) Is it just me, or are baseball players some of the most lackadaisical athletes on the planet? They either are standing on a field or sitting in a dugout or hanging out in the clubhouse, drinking beer and eating bologna and cheese. And they get paid MILLIONS! Millions for being a bunch of lackadaisical jackasses. Especially Alex Rodriguez, lackadaisical, nefarious and supercilious.

4.) The Strokes are a prime example of being a lackadaisical band… or perhaps they’re more apathetic… mostly, they’re just pathetic. But their execution is certainly lackadaisical, just because they sound it.

Synonyms:
enervated, listless, languid, languishing, languorous, limp, spiritless