Monthly Archives: April 2020

Solecism (noun)


  1. an ungrammatical combination of words in a sentence; also : a minor blunder in speech
  2. something deviating from the proper, normal, or accepted order
  3. a breach of etiquette or decorum

(Ref: Merrium Webster online, Word of the Day, 4 April 2020)

Use it in a sentence

Apparantly, you’re not supposed to ask those sorts of questions on Tinder, and especially not during your first message exchange. Collected feedback: whoa, intense; honey, back-off; ahahah, nahhh; are you serious? Those who simply deleted/ blocked/ complained.

Then I connected with Lenny. He forgave me my solecism, and in fact, he encouraged me to ask more questions outside the norm. He had some questions of his own. We arranged to meet the following weekend.

Quixotic (adjective)


  1. foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
  2. capricious, unpredictable

(Ref: Merriam-Webster online, Word of the Day, 29 March 2020)

Use it in a sentence

There was no doubt, our CEO was quixotic about the company’s future direction. At this morning’s meeting nobody said a word. Oh there were some nods and approving murmurs, but all the time, every one of us thought, ‘This guy has finally lost the plot’. He was practically frothing at the mouth when he talked about the millions we were going to sink, from manufacturing to marketing, into a new product – seizure dolls. At first, we thought he was talking about toys which would give comfort to children with epilepsy. But no, he was talking about designing dolls that would fall down spontaneously, convulsing until calmed by a caring child. It would trigger compassion in children, he said. It would make the world a kinder and more understanding place, he said. We nodded and raised our eyebrows thoughtfully. But all of us knew it was going to be a spectacular failure, and that the bad press would impact our profits for weeks, maybe months.

Deflagrate (verb)


  1. to burn rapidly with intense heat and sparks being given off
  2. to cause (something) to burn in such a manner

(Ref: Merriam-Webster online, Word of the Day, 15 April 2020)

Use it in a sentence

A heart can deflagrate. Sarah knew. The heart doesn’t always implode, violent and sudden, ricocheting off the rib cage and causing untold damage. The heart, instead, can come to an intense heat, issuing sparks in a frightening manner, burning those who come too close.  When Sarah heard the news, she narrowed her eyes and felt the instant her heart was lit. The veins tinder, the heart itself, the muscle, quickly became coal. But coal can turn into a diamond, given enough time and pressure. Sarah would stand her ground and wait. Then she would glitter, fierce and defiant.