Some New Words

rectitude – morally correct behavior.

“Mr. So and So is a stand-up guy, a real model of rectitude.”

torpor – a state of mental or physical inactivity.

I guess if you google this word you’ll find that the word’s primary use is for describing animals adapting to adverse conditions. But it can be used for humans as well, to describe lethargy.

inimical – tending to obstruct or harm; hostile.

If you don’t get along with someone, you might expect some inimical behavior from them. Here’s a good one: the Hong Kong government frequently receives inimical responses to its policies from the Democratic Party.

Two New Words

loquacious – talkative.

I recently read an article about David Stern’s retirement, and Mark Cuban was described in the article as loquacious.

anachronism – a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists. The attribution of something to a period to which it does not belong.

Saw this word in a couple of places but don’t remember where exactly. The “chron” part of the word has to do with time and is a clue of its meaning.


I seem to have noticed the word alacrity in multiple places recently, so here it is.

alacrity – brisk and cheerful readiness.

In the instances where this word appeared, it was usually someone doing something with alacrity or responding to a call to action, such as a military person responding to an order to fight. For me, I think the next time I sit down to a feast, I’ll do so with alacrity.

Two New Words

Learned a couple of new words today while reading a rewatch of Star Trek: First Contact.

First (and I’m really glad I finally learned this word), we have:

leitmotif – a recurring theme in a musical or literary composition.

It was fun in the beginning but in the later Star Trek movies they would always play the same music whenever Klingons, or specifically, Worf, appeared. In the scene where Worf is commanding the Defiant against the Borg cube, the Klingon music plays. I notice this every time I watch the movie, and now I know what to call it: a leitmotif.

The second word is:

petard a small bomb made of a metal or wooden box filled with powder.

This word is frequently associated with the phrase hoist by one’s own petard, having one’s schemes against others backfiring on one. According to the Straight Dope, this line originally came from Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

I’ll probably never use this word, but it’s good to know what it means in case I ever see it again.