Since my last post was about mathematics, I thought we'd work on our active vocabulary in today's post. I have a fun list of two dozen common sayings expressed with high falutin words. Some people take a special ghoulish delight in using big words that others don't know. For instance, the saying "Pulchritude possesses solely cutaneous profundity" is more commonly known as "beauty is only skin deep." See how many of the sayings below you can figure out.
The first two were written by Frank and Lillian Gilbreth — of Cheaper by the Dozen fame — to assist their children in increasing their vocabulary. They were able to get them to rhyme.
A futile superfluity of culinary aid destroys nutritious liquids of osseous tissues made.
Never enumerate ere fractured are the shells of bipeds gallinaceous, lest suddenly thy calculations prove utterly fallacious.
Now on to my list:
1. Members of an avian species of identical plumage congregate.
2. Selecting on the part of mendicants must be interdicted.
3. Surveillance should precede saltation.
4. That prudent avis that matutinally deserts the cosiness of its abode will ensnare a vermiculate creature.
5. It is fruitless to become lachrymose over precipitously departed lacteal fluid.
6. Freedom from incrustations of grime is contiguous to rectitude.
7. The stylus is of greater potency than the claymore.
8. It is fruitless to attempt to indoctrinate a superannuated canine with innovative maneuvers.
9. Eschew the implement of correction and vitiate the scion.
10. The temperature of the aqueous content of an unremittingly ogled saucepan does not reach 100 degrees Celsius.
11. All articles that coruscate with resplendence are not truly auriferous.
12. Where one detects visible vapors having their provenance in ignited carbonaceous material, one is certain also to find conflagration.
13. A plethora of individuals with expertise in culinary techniques vitiate the potable concoction produced by steeping certain osseous tissues and comestible herbs and vegetables.
14. Eleemosynary deeds have their incipience intramurally.
15. Male cadavers are incapable of yielding testimony.
16. Individuals who make their abode in vitreous edifices would be advised to refrain from catapulting petrous projectiles.
17. Neophyte's serendipity.
18. Exclusive dedication to necessitous chores without interludes of hedonistic diversion renders Jacques a hebetudinous fellow.
19. Missiles of ligneous or lithoidal consistency have the potential of fracturing my osteal structure, but appellations will eternally remain innocuous.
20. A revolving lithic conglomerate accumulates no congeries of a diminutive, verdant bryophitic plant.
21. Elementary sartorial techniques intitially applied, preclude repetitious actions to the squares of three.
22. Abstention from any aleatory undertakings precludes a potential escalation of a lucrative nature.
23. Persons of imbecilic mentality navigate in parameters which cherubic entities approach with trepidation.
24. A person presenting the ultimate cachinnation possesses thereby the optimal cachinnation.
Try to figure out these two nursery rhymes in loftier language, now that you've got the hang of these.
Scintillate, scintillate, asteroid minific.
Fain do I fathom your nature specific
Exaltedly set on the aether capacious
A reasonable facsimile of a gem carbonaceous.
Scintillate, scintillate, asteroid minific.
Fain do I fathom your nature specific.
A research team proceeded towards the apex of a natural geologic protuberance, the purpose of their expedition being the procurement of a sample of fluid hydride of oxygen in a large vessel, the exact size of which was unspecified. One member of the team precipitously descended, sustaining severe damage to the upper cranial portion of his anatomical structure; subsequently the second member of the team performed a self rotational translation oriented in the same direction taken by the first team member.
First, the two by the the Gilbreths:
Too many cooks spoil the broth.
Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
Now my list:
1. Birds of the feather flock together.
2. Beggars can't be choosers.
3. Look before you leap.
4. The early bird gets the worm.
5. Don't cry over spilt milk.
6. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
7. The pen is mightier than the sword.
8. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.
9. Spare the rod and spoil the child.
10. A watched pot never boils.
11. All that glitters is not gold.
12. Where there is smoke, there is fire.
13. Too many cooks spoil the broth.
14. Charity begins at home.
15. Dead men tell no tales.
16. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.
17. Beginner's luck.
18. All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy.
19. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
20. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
21. A stitch in time saves nine.
22. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
23. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.
24. He who laughs last laughs best.
Finally the first line of each of the nursery rhymes:
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star...
Jack and Jill Went up the Hill...
I hope you've picked up a few new words you can add to your active vocabulary. How many did you get right?
"If you're paying attention, you'll see that the story of your life is the story of God's faithfulness." — Drew Conley
Wouldn't it be smarter to label "top secret" documents something less conspicuous, like "trivial information which would only bore you to tears"?
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