Our Education Committee works closely with local schools and colleges to help fund and organise a range of inspiring events for young people which school budgets would be unable to cover. Here are some of the words that inspire the committee members themselves:
Likes the word meander. It conjures up for me strolling gently by water without a particular destination in mind while the water also meanders on its way. Also crackling which evokes log fires and roast pork, both of which I love! My least favourite would have to be bile which needs no explanation!
Irrevocable or irrevokable – incapable of being retracted or revoked. ‘Firm and irrevocable is my doom Which I have passed upon her. She is banished’. (Duke Frederick remains unshakeable on Rosalind’s fate in As You Like It)
Loves the word obfuscate – to make obscure, unclear, or unintelligible, as in ‘the spelling changes will deform some familiar words and obfuscate their etymological origins’. Or to bewilder (a person) as in ‘the new rule is more likely to obfuscate people than enlighten them’. Equally liked by Bug is elide – to join together; merge, as in ‘whole periods of time are elided into a few seconds of screen time.’
A favourite word is Ragtime, because hearing it sets Scott Joplin going in my head and I can’t resist the toe-tapping rhythm. One of my least favourite is clearly because when I hear a statement beginning with this particular word, I know I’m almost certainly about to disagree!