As a writer, I try to increase and diversify my vocabulary. I own several dictionaries and one massive thesaurus (The Synonym Finder: JI Rodale). These books, of course, are extremely helpful, and I couldn’t live without them, but there are times when I wish I was familiar with the more obscure words of the English language.
I subscribe to a couple of newsletters that email me a word every week: A Word A Day, and Dictionary.com. The problem is, I’ll read the email with its definition, etymology, and usage, and then promptly forget the word altogether. I need something that will help it stick in my brain, so that when I reach for that perfect word, I can find it.
So I thought I might offer a weekly word here on the blog that may not be too familiar and try to use it in a sentence or two, to help cement it in my brain. Readers are encouraged to come up with their own examples and share it here.
I came across this word on Dictionary.com and thought it interesting:
Tenebrific: adjective; producing darkness.
Here are my sentences:
- The tenebrific oil slick crept across the bay like an evil sea creature.
- The UFO cast its tenebrific shadow across the city, poised to strike.
- The eclipse mesmerized us with tenebrific eeriness.
I could also use these as writing prompts, as first lines.
What amazing sentences can you come up with?