word of the day – perspicacious

Do you feel perspicacious? Perhaps you have a perspicacious friend or adviser.

For some strange reason words will occasionally pop into my head. I read many books and sometimes i just gloss over words that make sense in context. Later they pop up like a piece of hot toast. Sometimes I recognize them. Other times I run to the computer and in the Google search field, I type:

This is what the search yielded today:

Definitions of perspicacious on the Web:

* acutely insightful and wise; “much too perspicacious to be taken in by such a spurious argument”; “observant and thoughtful, he was given to …
* clear-eyed: mentally acute or penetratingly discerning; “too clear-eyed not to see what problems would follow”; “chaos could be prevented only by clear-sighted leadership”; “much too perspicacious to be taken in by so spurious an argument”

* Of acute discernment; having keen insight; mentally perceptive; Having the power of seeing clearly; quick-sighted; sharp-sighted
Growing up, my father and mother were and still are to this day logophiles, word lovers.
They tested us regularly at the dinner table. My father would challenge my brothers, sister and I to use the word of the evening as many times as possible in the course of the dinner conversation. It made for some pretty funny discussions. I have fond memories of those meals together. Even now, when we visit for the weekend, new words will be used as commonly as cream in coffee. My father continues to work away at the daily NY Times crossword puzzle and Scrabble is still a family favorite. I guess I have become a bit of a logophile myself. My only regret is that is doesn’t seem to help my spelling.


One Response to “word of the day – perspicacious”

  1. JenWagner Says:

    Smiles — I used to “blip” over words I didn’t understand when I was young……and at times, would make up my own definitions to fit what I thought they meant. Smiles, I wonder how many stories I transposed due to my lack of word knowledge.

    Thank you for sharing this post — and could I ask that you make it a weekly post? I would love to learn new words from you…..I learned 3 just from this post.

    Smiles to you!
    and — we will need to add scrabble to our game list….since I seem to have realized you are the CHAMPION in backgammon!!!


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