Thursday, September 4, 2014

Word of the Week: Anecdote

Building a good vocabulary is good thing for every writer.  So, every Thursday, I will be posting a word of the week!

Word: anecdote

How you say it: [AN-ik-doht]

What it is: noun

How to pluralize it: anecdotes (or for definition 2, anecdota [an-ik-DOH-tuh])

What it means: (1.) A short account of a particular incident or event, especially of an interesting or amusing nature. (2.) A short, obscure historical or biographical account. (Definition courtesy of

Use it three times and it's yours! This is something my dad always used to say to me when I learned a new word.  The idea is that if you use the word at least three times, it sticks in your memory.

Professor Garretson was always my favorite, because he started every class with a funny anecdote. 

An anecdote is a good way to introduce a paper or a speech.

After a while, we got sick of listening to her lengthy anecdotes.

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1 comment:

  1. 1) My best friend's anecdotes are much funnier when I can see her ridiculous facial expressions.
    2) Sermons at church camp tended to begin with an amusing anecdote, and gradually shift into an intense, emotional message that changed lives all over the sanctuary.
    3) I find that anecdotes come more easily to speech than writing.

    All so very true. Since this is with my Gmail account, I don't think signing off is necessary. :)