Some of you may have noticed new N'West Iowa REVIEW staff writer Elijah Helton has quite the vocabulary, which finds its way into his stories.
I appreciate Elijah's zest for using unique words. Do I have to look some of them up from time to time because I haven't heard of the word before? Yes, but I think it adds to his stories.
This has also led me to wonder what would be some fun words to see in a story? Not shoehorned, but used in the correct fashion. Elijah would be the person who would be able to do that, even though some of the words listed below will probably always be too hard to work in.
So here are five words I would be elated if Elijah somehow found a way to use them.
This is probably the easiest word Elijah can use and I am surprised it isn't used more.
Bumbershoot is another word for umbrella.
Rain has been in the forecast all week and my bumbershoot has been in the car the whole time. I usually always have my bumbershoot in the car.
See? Easy to use and it's more fun than saying umbrella. Granted umbrella can be a fun word, too, I guess. Just as Rihanna has shown us.
I look forward to when Elijah uses bumbershoot instead of umbrella.
Technically, it is spelled catawampus, so I will take either spelling of it.
The definition of the word, either way it is spelled, is not lined up or not arranged correctly. Or something that is arranged diagonally. As an adverb, it can be used like "We took a shortcut and walked catawampus across the field."
Iowa has a number of fields, of course. Elijah was just at Getting Gardens and at some point, maybe they walked catawampus across the property.
See, it can be easy to use. So now maybe I expect Elijah to use it sometime.
This is one of my favorite words that I learned about during English in high school.
Onomatopoeia is a noun. The definition is the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g. sizzle, pow, smash).
Now, this is easier to use, granted still extremely tough. But given Elijah's ability, I have full faith in him to find a way to use it.
Unless Elijah is doing a story about Mary Poppins, I don't see any way in which he can use it.
Do I need to use a spoonful of sugar to help Elijah use the word? Who knows.
I wasn't even sure it was a real word, just one used in a movie. Then I looked at dictionary.com. It is an adjective and is used as a nonsense word by children to express approval or to represent the longest word used in English.
It's quite nonsense that I would be ecstatic if Elijah used this word.
This tops the list for me because it refers to reading.
Abibliophobia refers to someone who is afraid of running out of things to read.
How will Elijah be able to work this in? I don't know, I have never run into a person with abibliophobia, that I know of.
Maybe it's a profile Elijah writes on someone but I am pretty sure I won't see this worked into one of his works because of the rarity of it.
Unless I assign him more library stories . . .