I discovered this word in an email from my mother and so promptly looked it up in the dictionary (like she taught me to).
Definition: 1. persons of scholarly or literary attainments; intellectuals (courtesy of dictionary.com) 2. The literary intelligentsia (courtesy of the American Heritage Dictionary) 3. Also refers to a type of bonsai tree, a style of painting, Confucianism, and a Scrabble game (courtesy of wikipedia.com)
I have a thing about collecting words. Some of my favorite book related words are colporteur (a peddler of books – my job) and bibliophile (a person who loves or collects books -my obsession). Some of my favorite non-book related words are surly (churlishly rude or bad-tempered – what I often feel but try not to be), tragic (extremely mournful, melancholy, or pathetic – a word WAY overused by local college students), lollygag (to waste time by puttering aimlessly; dawdle – this one mostly because of A League of Their Own and Tom Hanks’s immortal words “You lollygag around the infield. You lollygag around the outfield. What does that make you? LOLLYGAGGERS!”), and vivacious (lively; animated; gay – and no, not just because the word gay is in the definition). Those are not my only favorite words, but they’re the ones I could think of at this moment.
Last word of the day – Sonyak. Sounds like it should be the name of a Japanese electronics brand, but instead, it’s a word of made-up genius that my family uses. It should be used in this way: “Those jeans are SOnyak.” As in Bad. Can also be used as a name. I once named a fish that.