Word Play

07AD8361-6F37-48EC-91C1-33214D76F1ECParsimonious, oeuvre, and fugacious are three of today’s word one-word prompts. Who uses words like these in everyday life?

Why not say “stingy,” “frugal,” or “cheap,” instead of “parsimonious”? Who are you trying to impress?

And why not “anthology” or “collective works” rather than “oeuvre”? Are you a pretentious snob who wants to impress people by using a French word?

And why use “fugacious” when what you mean is “fleeting” or “transitory”? Seriously?

What happened to using simple, easy to understand language to effectively communicate an idea or a thought? Why use words that require someone to flutter through the pages of a dictionary or thesaurus or to dig into the origin of such words?

I don’t mean to come across with a sanctimonious attitude towards my fellow one-word promoters, but honestly, people, let’s give people real, everyday words to work with.

Having said that, did I ever tell you the story of my wealthy late uncle? I’m not sure what the origin of his great wealth was, but to give the old guy his due, the oeuvre of his poetry was worth a fortune.

My uncle, despite his great wealth, was a parsimonious bastard. For a while, his poetry did make the hearts of the women in the family flutter. But his allure was fugacious, and he soon wore out his welcome.

Except when it came to the day of the reading of his will. That day the old bastard was quite popular.

11 thoughts on “Word Play

  1. newepicauthor August 29, 2018 / 3:51 pm

    FOWC uses words that are easy to understand, thanks for making it easy on everyone, but our buddy Sight seems to like those $10 words.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong August 29, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    That’s why I didn’t do ‘oeuvre.’ It’s one of those self-conscious freshman English class words. It’s usual intent is to make someone else feel stupid because they don’t know what it means.

    Yes, I knew what it meant because my mother painted, so I spent a lot of time in art museums as a kid. And reading art books.

    I don’t mind obsolete words, though. They are interesting and have a nice historical context.

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  3. Paula Light August 29, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    I had to look up fugacious, which I didn’t mind, since I love learning new words. I thought it might relate to fugue, which it does, but indirectly. I would have gotten it wrong on a test, I think. But now I know! I did know oeuvre and parsimonious, but I still wouldn’t use them. I write simply.

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  4. talesfromthemindofkristian August 30, 2018 / 1:13 am

    We have a wide lexicon we should diversify and use as many words as possible. I have never used Oeuvre or Fugacious but Parsimonious has such a musical sound that I think it has great merits. I would say that though.

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    • Fandango August 30, 2018 / 7:38 am

      There’s room for many words from many of us who moved in to fill the WordPress gap. I guess I was just irritated yesterday that I had to look up three of the six one-word prompt words.

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