Senior Moments

By Bob Batz

Some time when you don’t have anything else to do, grab your dictionary and take a good look at some of the truly-beautiful words in the English language.

Trust me, there are some dandies.

Mellifluous is one of them.

It means “flowery in a smooth or sweet manner.”

Ah yes, mellifluous.

I like melancholy, too, which, according to ancient and dog-eared dictionary in my home office stands for “sadness, depression, gloomy, pensive, thoughtful.”

Words. We use them often but do we truly appreciate them?

I love words that roll easily off the tongue.

Offeratory is another one. It signifies the part of the Eucharist at which bread and wine are offered.

Words are funny things.

There are so many beautiful words.

A rapscallion is a rascal.

Pinochle is a card game for two or four people.

A snicker is a stifled laugh.

Andante is moderately slow in temp, like some music.

Twine is a strong string or cord.

Have you experienced a “snafu” recently? It’s a chaotic or confused situation.

Dipsomania is a word that flow slowly off the tongue even is it does mean a craving for alcoholic liquors.

I like tawny, too. It signifies something that is a light golden brown.

Objurgate is fun to say although it means to rebuke harshly.

Mycology is also kind of fun to say even if it does stand for the branch of botany that deals with fungi.

And let’s not forget the word Gilly-flower that pertains to carnations and other plants with fragrant flowers.

By Bob Batz

Bob Batz is a retired long-time journalist and weekly columnist. Contact Bob at

Bob Batz is a retired long-time journalist and weekly columnist. Contact Bob at


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