The letter quoted below conveys an exuberant love and mastery of words, as well as being a world class job application.  Savour some of the words that sparkle, appeal, intrigue or otherwise grab me, including those in other languages.  And adoring alliteration, new words are added on Wednesdays.  Wednesday, word day.

Dear Sir,

I like words.  I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as strait-laced, cantankerous, pectinous, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave “V” words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land’s-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp. 

I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around. 

I have just returned and I still like words. May I have a few with you? 

Robert Pirosh

 

Source: Letter No. 009 in ‘Letters of Note’, comp. Shaun Usher (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2013), p. 36

Dree

A Scottish or archaic word meaning to endure and used in the expression to ‘dree one’s weird – to submit...

Run-rig

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Badgers

‘A cete (or set) of badgers’ – until I saw it written, I assumed that ‘set’ was the only spelling. ...

Patarks

I found this in Ryszard Kapuscinski's Imperium, but can find no other reference to it.  Perhaps the spelling is different,...

Forerunner

'Forerunner' originally meant those who ran ahead of a royal progress to mark with white chalk the doors of houses...

Purlieus

A rarely used word (at least in the circles in which I move) referring to the area near or surrounding...

A cowardice of curs

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Graith

To make ready or put in order; to furnish, to array; equipment, apparatus, belongings; prepared, ready; to equip, clothe, prepare....

Lidger

This word can echo 'ledger', and refer to a large copy of a book permanently placed somewhere, or a large...

Pulling apples

Wordsworth uses this term several times - apparently an obsolete term for picking or gathering apples.

'We pulled...

Whippering

'... the whippering cries of golden plover.'

This seems to be a Williamson coinage to describe the cry of a...

Topinambour

This round-sounding word makes me think of ambulating gentlemen in top-hats.  Such a fine word for a vegetable: this is...

Oneiric

Relating to dreams or dreaming; Greek origin: oneiros, meaning ‘dream’.

‘He is at once a stratum of the earth and a streamer in...

A claver of birds

A Scottish or Northern English dialect word which seems to have travelled to North America.   It means to talk idly...

Coclackia

This curious sounding (and looking) word refers to flooring made from pebbles set in mortar.

 

‘An inner court.

Gold...

Syzygy

This astronomical word has always fascinated me, not so much for its meaning as its consonants and repetition.  My handwriting...

Vuz-peg

Perhaps a dialect word, used by Willliamson as referring to a hedgehog.  It doesn't seem to appear in the OED's...

The surface of the word should be vast.

Nezami – Azeri poet

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