Day Seventeen for NaPoWriMo and today’s optional prompt was to find the nearest specialised dictionary and take ten words to use in a poem. Apparently the only specialised dictionary I own is ‘500 Words You Should Know’ by Caroline Taggart. Using a random number generator I pulled out ten words which you can find the definitions to in the glossary below.They weren’t the easiest to cram together in a poem.
An Eponymous Man
I asked him how his day had been over coffee,
I did not ask for him to delineate his life
over three straight hours,
until the room became crepuscular
and I had heard all about his useless amanuensis.
I learnt how in a time prelapsarian
he apparently wasn’t so subfusc,
his need for the material
hadn’t been so voracious,
and his tendency to be pejorative
He informed me that his job was
I nodded politely and smiled,
not quite trusting my mouth to move
or even open.
‘In his mind,’ I told my friend later,
he’s eponymous to everyone’s story.
She looked at me and frowned.
‘He’s an arse,’ I said.
‘An utter arse.’
Amanuensis: A secretary or literary assistant.
Crepuscular: Pertaining to dusk; dimly lit.
Delineate: To draw a clear outline of [both literally and figuratively] or to portray something clearly in words]
Dolorous: The musical instruction doloroso means the piece is to be played mournfully; if such music affected you deeply you might have a dolorous expression on your face or even be reduced to weeping dolorously.
Eponymous: An eponym [from the Greek for ‘significant name’] is the name of the person after whom a place, discovery, invention or the like is named.
Esoteric: From the Greek for inner or within, the original meaning is ‘understandable only to the initiated, those with special knowledge’.
Pejorative: From the Latin for worse, this often describes a word that carries unpleasant and disparaging connotation.
Prelapsarian: Literally means ‘before the fall’ and can be used to refer to a state of extreme innocence or naivety.
Subfusc: Dark or gloomy.
Voracious: Greedy, though not exclusively for food.