Not so long ago I had a comment on one of my stories which criticised my use of too many posh words. At first I wasn’t sure how to react. Exactly which words were the issue weren’t pointed out but I was aware of using ‘azure’ instead of ‘blue.’ Did that seem pretentious? Or equally devastating had my word choice made my prose completely incomprehensible?
A slight over reaction, maybe. But I do want my work to be accessible and am now torn between incorporating new words into my work or shying away from them if I feel they are too highbrow.
I do love words though, and I do get a thrill whenever I learn a new one or discover a titbits of history about one I already know. While I’m trying to work out this latest conundrum, and in a venture to make my updates more regular, I’m going to start having a word of the week. And to stay with alliteration it’s going to be every Wednesday.
This week I’m celebrating where the problem started…
- A deep blue, occasionally somewhat purple, similar to the colour of a clear blue sky.
From Old French azur, asur. Taken from the Arabic (al)-lazaward “lapis lazuli,” from the Persian Pers. lajward, from Lajward, a place in Turkestan, mentioned by Marco Polo, where the stone was collected (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=azure)
In Medieval Latin azzurum. Used for blue in heraldry.
Does anyone else have a favourite word? Leave a comment and share.