Thursday, December 4, 2014

Word of the Week: Mellifluous

Sometime yesterday evening, I became aware of the day of the week. "Oh," I thought. "Well, so much for Word-Craft Wednesday."  I'm still getting back into the swing of things after NaNoWriMo, so sorry about that.  Anyway, I definitely didn't miss Word of the Week Thursday. For the curious: somebody used this word on one of my favorite shows, and I had to go look it up.  Then I thought, "Huh.  This is definitely going to be a Word of the Week!" So, here you go!

Word: mellifluous

How you say it: [muh-lif-loo-uhs]

What it is: adjective

What it means: 1.) sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding:
a mellifluous voice; mellifluous tones. 2.) flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey. (Definition courtesy of

[Side note: the second definition of the word is far less common, and you should consider whether it is really appropriate for your writing or speech before you use it. Check out this post for more on using vocabulary words well.]

Use it three times and it's yours! Using a word three times can help it stick in your memory.

The professor's speech was so mellifluous that everyone listened to sound of it rather than paying attention to the words.

Everybody loved Peggy's yeasty, mellifluous bread.

The choir's mellifluous singing sent chills down Sara's spine. 

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