Weird Word Wednesday!
By Diana Bauder
November 8, 2017 7:38pm CST
I host a fun and positive public Facebook page. Every Wednesday night, I share unusual words (with definitions of course) for "Weird Word Wednesday". I'm a word nerd. I can't help it! Are there any other vocabulary fans on MyLot? I am going to start sharing my weird word choices here too. Have you ever heard this one: bloviate? Do you know anyone who is guilty of doing this? Do you ever do it?
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• Cambridge, England
I'm afraid that I can be bloviatory occasionally, though I and what friends I have would probably call me euphuistic or fustian and, perhaps, even orotund, though I would never apply the latter adjective to my vocal propensities, which, unfortunately tend toward the sound of a badly-played clarinet rather than the sounds which a competent basset horn player could produce! If you wish to be any of the above, by the way - and it can indeed be quite entertaining, if only from one's own point of view - I suggest that you read Mr. Dickens' novels (for he is a past master at turning it on for some of his characters) and never use one syllable when three will suffice. Naturally, if you want to study orotundity, you could have no better model than Dame Edith Evans as Lady Bracknell in "The Importance Of Being Earnest". I have to say that Dame Judi Dench does it quite well though her voice is rather less orotund than Dame Edith can be.. Here's a clip of one of the best scenes, though it doesn't, regrettably, include the 'Handbag' speech (which very few actors have managed to emulate over three whole octaves in the manner that Wilde clearly intended and which Dame Edith accomplished to the devastation and despair of every actor who has attempted the part!):
• Cambridge, England
Incidentally, there is a reference to Bunbury, a fictional and useful friend of Algernon's who gave rise to the verb 'to bunbury'. Wikipedia will tell you more. Here is the 'Handbag' scene, though unfortunately, only the sountrack with still images:
John Gielgud & Edith Evans as John Worthing and Lady Augusta Bracknell in the famous 'handbag' interrogation scene in the play by Oscar Wilde I feel Edith Ev...
It sounds fun to have the Weird Word Wednesday! I am not really a vocabulary fans, but I am always happy to learn any new words as English is not my native language, so learning more will help me to understand better when reading the English articles or blog posts. I have not heard of the word bloviate. After reading the definition, I wonder if I am the one who does that sometimes. I am quite talkative, but I try to remind myself to keep my words short and straight to the point.
• United States
Hello @kaka135. I apologize for missing your comment until now. I can get very talkative too, especially on topics I care a lot about! I also need to pay attention and not bloviate for too long. I don't think I'm overbearing though, or use fancy words. But I repeat myself sometimes or just talk for too long.