Use Word of the Day as a writing challenge

Dictionary.com’s Word of the Day is a handy tool if you’re looking to increase your vocabulary. Better yet, why not challenge yourself and use the word somewhere in your writing for that day?

There are many WOTD sites around the web, but this one is a favorite of mine. Its definitions are thorough and the listing includes excerpts from writings that use the word. I check the site several times a week and choose a word that strikes me as useful.

For example, today’s word of the day is fugitive. You are familiar with the word, I’m sure, but when did you last use it in your writing? Perhaps just seeing the word sparks a new story. And look at the descriptors for fugitive:¬†fleeting, transitory, elusive. Don’t they stir your writer’s imagination? Give it a try. Challenge yourself to write a sentence, paragraph, story, or poem that includes this word. I’m using it in a description sentence for one of my novel’s characters. It fits her personality well.

Yesterday’s word was a new one for me: eudemonia. It means happiness and well-being. I used that one in a bit of dialogue. One of my characters is a show-off and she uses the word to impress her friends.

Luxate, chelonian, catechize, Tellurian, adroit, and ruck are all listed from this week. Don’t you love ruck? Do you even know what it means? I sure didn’t. Look it up!

Origins of the words is another perk you get from using this resource. Did you know that the first use of the word fugitive was by Shakespeare in Anthony and Cleopatra or that eudemonia originated with Aristotle? Oh, the things you’ll learn. I can hear my show-off character spouting the philosophies of Aristotle, while her friends, one by one, move on to a more interesting (and two-sided) conversation.

You can get your Word of the Day here on Darla Writes (click on the link in the sidebar) or subscribe via email or RSS at Dictionary.com.

It’s like a word garden for writers. Take your pick.

What’s the oddest word you’ve used in your writing this week?


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