I was looking at a list of words that it was suggested would largely be used in writing if you were intentionally seeking a literary tone.
So, not words that would ever be used in everyday communication contexts when you needed to keep your language plain, simple and easily understood – for example, when writing a job application, or a speech, or a business report.
These stood out:
- Atrabilious – bad tempered
- Coruscate – sparkle
- Temerarious – reckless
It reminded me of the importance of being able to say what we mean, and of avoiding ambiguity, especially in a business sense.
Got that? Good. Must dash … it’s Monday morning, I’ve got a presentation to give, and I simply must coruscate!