Word of the Day #1

In case you haven’t noticed, each title of the “Guts and Glory” books includes one “big” word:

  • Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine
  • The Counterfeit Zombies of Noc
  • Rise of the Nefarious Numbots

It’s probably pretty obvious that I did that on purpose, but just in case it isn’t… I did that on purpose.

I’ve had a fascination with words since I was very young; they are quite literally magical to me. I suppose this interest comes with the territory as a writer, though I learned a large part of my vocabulary not from writing, but from reading. I have always felt the responsibility to pay that particular blessing forward to my own young readers, so while I edit my books a bit, I don’t usually take out the “bigger” words.

Well, I’ve decided to take that one step further and introduce a “word of the day” entry on my blog. Don’t worry, most entries won’t have this long intro. I just like writing long things. (I am — you know — a novelist and all.)

Anyway, so without further adieu I give you word #1, which also happens to be my (current) very favorite word of all time:

Abysmal: extremely bad; appalling.

əˈbizməl/
adjective
1.
informal
extremely bad; appalling.
2.
literary
very deep.

abysmal

Pictured: An abysmal abyss of adobe

Source: Google Definitions

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