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Old 10-14-2005, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Words in my sleep

I often wake up with a word embedded in my mind — usually with no idea how it got there. I keep a pad near my bed, and usually try to jot them down.

The only thing they really have in common is that they are interesting-looking words, and quite unusual — none of them occurs in my ordinary conversation, that’s for sure.
incarnadine : crimson or pinkish-red. Actually have an idea about this one. One of my favorite mystery writers likes it, and I noticed it in two of his novels over the years. But it had been months since then when it popped into my brain.

These two popped up together (no idea why):
termagant : overbearing woman; shrew
virago : domineering woman; masculine [links to viral]; shrew

And this one (again, no idea why):
rodomontade : boastful
Does anyone else have this odd habit? Jack never wakes up with funny words on his mind.

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