A logophile is a lover of words – so posts with this label will involve discussion of vocabulary, word meanings and the like. I guess I’m a logophile, as part of my modest poetic inclinations. I like evocative words and turns of phrase which convey much in a short phrase. I like catchy titles, alliteration and fancy permutations of well-known expressions.
My friend, Ray, in Dallas, put me on to Dictionary.com and I have received their daily word definitions for several years. What I found missing, however, was the opportunity to apply the words I was being presented with. I find it easier to learn and remember things in packages, than as discrete pieces of information. So I created the occasional bizarre collection of words to have an excuse for applying them.
Now, Nehemiah, a 500BC leader of the Jews as they resettled in their homeland after 70 years of exile, was not known as a word lover. But I decided to create a short summary of the situation he faced as an excuse to bring a few less frequently used words into a package. There is nothing particularly intimidating about my word choice here, so I am using it simply to tune you in to my logophile activities. You may like to reply to this post, with your own extensions and expansions on the starter text I now present.
“Under what aegis and whose imprimatur did Nehemiah defy the concatenations of Sanballat and Tobiah who lambasted his ambitions? It was not that of the Persian kings, Cyrus, Darius and Artaxerxes, who are but mere mortal minions to him in whose tutelage he stood.
The chimera of obstruction stayed him not, much to his nettlesome opponents’ chagrin.
His own amanuensis, he recounts the duel, his perdurable spirit and his ultimate triumph.
Audaciously he declares that God, Himself, blessed all he did and gave the copasetic outcome.”
Now, if you are so inclined, send me a reply with your own obtuse choices inserted.
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