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Words that just aren't used enough in (sports)writing

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Tom Petty, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty New Member

    I so know what this will turn into by Page 3, but can we get a few serious responses before that time?

    I love great words that are underused in writing ... especially sportswriting. I'll toss out my fave:


  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I loved the word "prowess" when I was younger and could not explain why. Still can't.
  3. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty New Member

    Ha. I tried using prowess during the first girls sport (volleyball) I covered for a gamer ... way back in the day.
    An older sports editor to a young Tom Petty: "Tom, please don't ever use the fucking word prowess when referring to a high school girl's skills ever again, ok?"
    Me: "Why?"
    Old SE: "Just don't fucking do it, ok? I shouldn't have to explain."

    I fell out of love with that word that night.
  4. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I can never think of any off the top of my head, but I always love seeing a surprise word in a story.
  5. SpeedTchr

    SpeedTchr Well-Known Member

  6. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Redoubtable. I know, I know, I shouldn't use words that make readers scramble for a dictionary. I just love that word.
  7. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

  8. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

  9. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

  10. Amy

    Amy Well-Known Member

    Close to one of my favorites - kismet

    Schadenfreude and hubris make my words I like list, too
  11. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

  12. wicked

    wicked Well-Known Member

    Awesome, used in the proper context.
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