Sometimes you need to show off. Splash those tail feathers. Prance like a peacock. As a writer, what better way to do this than with your words. Give your fellow readers and literary rebels these three thrilling terminological treats. Yes, that was five, count em five, words starting with the letter T, feeding you alliteration junkies your fix. And now, on with the literal performance!
When you need a super long and super difficult word to impress your super nerdy writer friends you hit them with the antidisestablishmentarianism. Twelve syllables, count em. Twenty-eight letters, count em, too. In fact, it is one of the longest words in….Well, well, well, the word isn’t even in Webster. There you go, you may well win trivia night at your local pub with that word wizardry right there.
Another fun and feisty phrase, plural tantum. Feces, genitals, clothes, scissors. All examples of plural tantum. Need something more than teasing to tell you what this word is all about? A plural tantum, my fellow grammarians, is a noun that is only in plural form. You can’t find a single scissor or fece because these words are pitching a plural tantrum and refusing to be single.
The hawker. The retailer at a stall. The huckster. While the huckster generally gets short thrift as someone willing to sell their soul to make a buck, there’s more to the name. A huckster is an advertising copywriter in North America, typically for radio or TV ads. Less we let this nomenclature lose favor in the Fifties-era of marketing from which it came, a huckster of 2019 applies to you, my friend, a content writer of web advertisements by way of blog posts, articles, social media posts, and the like.
Come on back next week for more word fun with the word wizard!
“Welcome. I’m the Whispering Wordsmith of the Woods, An Old Man Willow type cunning the lit forest, Disrupting textbookish writers with grammar snaps and cracks.” As a professional web content writer for small-to-medium businesses, Miranda B understands how to effectively balance technical jargon and personal brand messaging. Her content is sticky, evergreen when expected to be, and always creative. Keep ’em coming back for more, that’s Miranda’s motto!