But lately I've felt like my vocab is somewhat lacking, so as a mini resolution I'm trying to learn a new word every day this year (even though I doubt ANY that I've learned thus far will end up in my writing). Basically what I do is open the dictionary on my Kindle, close my eyes and flip through the pages 'til I feel like stopping, then I point to a word. So far it's been going well, but today's word came from an article written by Lee Child on how to create suspense in novels. And I giggled because I never realized there was a word for that. (Because I'm secretly 12, okay?) From the fountain of information that is Merriam-Webster:
1: of or relating to a prostitute : having the nature of prostitution <meretricious relationships>
2a: tawdrily and falsely attractive <the paradise they found was a piece of
meretricious trash — Carolyn See>
b: superficially significant : pretentious <scholarly names to provide fig-leaves
of respectability for meretricious but stylish books — Times Literary
— mer·e·tri·cious·ly adverb
— mer·e·tri·cious·ness noun
So, yeah. The things you learn.
Currently Listening to If You Want It That Much by Austin Allsup.