My first post.

Masey’s been getting on my case for months now, trying to get me to start this damn blog. Well, I’m currently unemployed and totally bored, so I figure this is a great time to get started. I’ve also decided that my blog will not only feature great words, but also great literature. I’ve had a lot of spare time to read recently, and I just have to tell people about it.

Ok, let’s get started.

The first thing I’d like to talk about is how you go about introducing a new word to your vocabulary. Here is a little list I’ve complied about how to do it effectively.

1. Make sure you know What the Word Means. It’s best to get new words from books you read, so that the first time you read the word, it’s in its proper context. The dictionary doesn’t always give you the complete nuances of a word.

2. Make sure you know how to pronounce it. Dictionaries are great for this, and if you don’t know how to read the pronunciation charts, there’s an index at the beginning that tells you what all the symbols mean.

3. PRACTICE saying it. A lot. By yourself. Because I guarantee you that if you try and use it and you say it wrong, you’ll Sound Like an Imbecile. If you do it around me, I’ll most certainly make fun of you.

4. Remember how to spell it. I can’t correctly spell every single word I know, but I do try my best. Having a broad vocabulary comes with Responsibilities, and knowing how to spell is one of them.

Now, on to the official Lady Cole word dissection:

***** Word of the Day: OSTENSIBLE *****

Ostensible is an adjective. (This means that it is a word naming an attribute of a noun)

The word can mean ‘obvious’ or ‘evident’, but to use it in only that sense (i.e. using the word as a synonym for obvious) is very elementary. The word actually indicates that there is a hidden meaning behind the obvious, that what is apparent is a cover-up for the true meaning. It refers to a mask that conceals another agenda.

For example: Masey is ostensibly traveling to the Yukon for business, but it appears that the Girls of the North Bikini Contest is that same week.

See, Masey is saying that he’s going to the Yukon for business, but look! It just happens to be the same week as the bikini contest. So, here’s a perfect example of how to use this word in a fluid way. You could say “Masey says he’s going to the Yukon for business, but that’s such crap, cause the Girls of the North Bikini Contest is that week. That doesn’t sound nearly as lovely as the first sentence, nor does it sound as intelligent.

Well, that about wraps up my first attempt at blogging. Let me know what you think, and please, if you have any questions about how to use the word I’ve chosen, please ask. I hope that I’ve covered it adequately, but do let me know if you don’t agree.

Thanks all.

-Lady Cole, esq.

I asked my housemate what he thought of the blog and he said “I don’t even know how to say that word”  Sorry….I forgot to include a pronunciation guide.

it’s like this : aww-sten-seh-ble.   If there is any emphasis on a syllable, it’s the sten part.

Published in: on January 30, 2007 at 7:30 pm  Comments (5)