Vocabulary is the writer’s sword. Interesting words, when employed properly, arm our prose with creative expression. But like any weapon they should not be wielded without practice, without a measure of competence, as they can just as easily cleave a sentence and leave it bleeding on the page.
In the Word Arsenal section the goal is to seize new arms, and make them yours. You only retain new words through repetition, through looking them up and using them in a sentence of your own.
Here’s the first weapon:
- marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking
- sick from excessive indulgence in liquor
This should be an easy one, as I have some experience in these matters:
He was a crapulous fellow, always into the cups, growing more boisterous and gregarious by the drink.
Let’s hear your sentence in the comments, so this one stays in our arsenal.
Suggestions for future Word Arsenal features are also welcome – have you learned a good one lately that you’re dying to share? Seriously, I love words. Don’t hold back.