My idea of a good time

Because I am a writer, people frequently assume that I must love word games, that I kill at Scrabble/Words With Friends and that I work the New York Times’ crossword puzzle with a pen.


For all that I love words, I hate both crossword puzzles and Scrabble. My favorite board game is Trivial Pursuit, and I like to do the easy to moderate Sudoku puzzles with a pencil. My idea of a really good time is getting a book like this off the bargain table at Barnes & Noble and reading it cover to cover.

Notice the part on there about quizzes. I love quizzes! Especially quizzes about trivia and vocabulary. And I am happy to say that on these quizzes so far (which I take using a pen, of course!), I am batting 1.000 and haven’t yet come across a word I’ve never seen before. I just love diving into the lexical web and continually refining my understanding of word origins, nuances and relationships.

For example:

NOM comes from the Latin word for “name.” Words derived from it include nominal (existing in name only), nomenclature (the act of naming), nominate (to name someone to run for office), binomial (having two names), ignominious (incurring shame and damage to one’s name), and misnomer (a wrong name). That’s just the sort of information that I like to have tucked away in my head on account of you never know when you’ll need it.



4 thoughts on “My idea of a good time

  1. For a moment I thought I was reading about my own life. I stink at word games. I do like Trivia Persuit but only play the 20’s to 50’s version. As for books, Barnes and Noble discount 50% cart is my baby, except when I have a coupon. They I go for that book that’ll never go on that cart and always cost too much. See, you’re not alone. In fact, I believe we both have company.

  2. I have a word for you . . . . when I saw it, I immediately thought of you and this post! It is a beautiful word . . . ‘usageaster’ . And even though it is giving me a red line – this word really did come from : ) It was their ‘Word of the Day’ a few days back . . . .

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