Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A to Z Challenge: M



Myropolist 
Definition: a perfume dealer.
Sentence: I bought my favourite perfume from the myropolist down the street.

Machination
Definition: a crafty and involved plot to achieve your (usually sinister) ends.
Sentence: With life experiences like those behind her, the extreme plot machinations of Hollywood melodrama must have possessed an everyday familiarity for Stanwyck. 
             — New York Times (Apr 24, 2010)

Magniloquent
Definition: lofty in style.
Sentence: The day was spent in magniloquent addresses, which affected the style of ancient types, urgent exhortations to war, poetical orations, rounds of applause, rapturous demonstrations. 
            — Æneas MacDonell Dawson

Malapropism
Definition: the unintentional misuse of a word by confusion with one that sounds similar.
Sentence: New words are eagerly seized; hence the malapropisms and solecisms so frequently made fun of, without appreciation of their cause.
             —  Stephen Sydney Reynolds

Mawkish
Definition: effusively or insincerely emotional.
Sentence: Herself full of mawkish sentimentality, her verses could not fail to be foolish, their whole impulse being the ambition that springs from self-admiration.
                — George MacDonald

I particularly like malapropism given my theme this year.

3 comments:

  1. I didn't know there was a word for someone who sold perfume. :-)

    Your theme this year is very educational.

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  2. I believe Malapropism is the language I speak; regularly.

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