Words I Want To Use

I spend most of my day not with people, but with words. Working as a publicist I use them constantly in the enormous amount of writing I do. Add to that my blogging (and now my occasional Twittering) and you realize that for me the search for just the right word is often the task in front of me.

More often than not I’m searching or word related to wine and drinking. There are words related to these categories, however, that I can’t recall ever using. And yet, I like these words for one reason or another. Maybe it’s the way they sound. Maybe its their specificity. I don’t know.

But here are the
10 Words I’m Trying To Find A Way To Use in a Press Release Or Another Professional Capacity

1. TIPPLEverb: to drink (intoxicating liquor), esp. repeatedly, in small quantities. I always get an image of a grandmother as one who tipples. I can’t imagine buddies hanging out at the gym saying to one another, "Let’s tipple tonight".

2. SWILLverb: to drink greedily or to excess. I always think of this word in its verb form, not the noun form. I love the sound of the word. Also, it’s one of those words that sounds like the action it describes.

3. HOOCHnoun: liquor illicitly distilled and distributed. Another very pleasing sounding word. However, I can’t imagine how I’ll ever fit this into a press release. Unless…what an interesting brand name.

4. POTATIONnoun: the act of drinking. I‘ve been looking for the right opportunity to both say and use this word in an appropriate way so that the readers or listeners will appreciate its use. Every time I try, however, it seems affected. Too bad. It’s a good looking word too.

5. LARDERnoun: a small storeroom for storing foods or wines. It’s a somewhat archaic and obscure word for describing where one keeps their drinking wine. It also has the unfortunate quality of reminding one of Crisco. Still. I need to find a way to use this silky sounding word appropriately.

6. SOUSEnoun: A period of heavy drinking. A somewhat uncommon if not slang use of this word, but nonetheless one I’m trying to slip in somewhere.

7. PALLIATIVEadjective: moderating pain or sorrow by making it easier to bear. It’s probably easy to see why I’ve had a hard time sneaking this word into a press release or promotional document. But it’s hard to deny that in some cases, a few glasses of wine can indeed have a palliative effect on one’s disposition.

8. GUZZLEverb: to drink, or sometimes eat, greedily, frequently, or plentifully. What a great word, isn’t it. Just the sound of the word. Looking at the letters together you think it’s going to have a harsh sound when you say it, but it actually sounds quite nice when said in the right tone, even with that hard G.

9.SLAKEverb: to satisfy a thirst. The only problem with this word is that it seems to imply the quick throwing back of a liquid and as we know those of us in the wine business don’t advocate the quick drinking of wine, but the savoring of wine. Still, there are ways around that connotation and I suspect of the ten words here, this is the most likely one to be used without trouble in a press release or other form.

10. DIPSOMANIACnoun. a person with an irresistible craving for alcoholic drink. Just a fancy way of saying "alcoholic", right? Unfortunately, yes. But I’m committed to finding a way to use this word in a sentence or phrase that does not have the offending and negative connotation connected to its actual meaning. Even better, in terms of how this word actually sounds is using its adjective version: dipsomaniacal. I love this word.


11 Responses

  1. Fredric Koeppel - April 15, 2008

    the real challenge is to use those 10 words in one sentence.

  2. Arthur - April 15, 2008

    I am willing to try, Fredric.

  3. Richard Smith - April 15, 2008

    A tale of obsession. Heed the warning Tom. Big smiley face.
    Soused, as was normal for 4.00am on a Sunday morning, Tom stumbled down the alley. In polite company, where ladies tippled rather than swilled their sherry, he referred to himself as a dipsomaniac but as his larder was a cardboard box crammed with hooch, most other people called him a drunk.
    Guzzling Two Buck Chuck in a doomed attempt to slake an unrelenting thirst, Tom stumbled and fell, sprawling in the piss and broken glass left by the previous night’s revelers. As the tears began to fall, he started to sing to himself, the palliative effects of the self-titled ditty a welcome respite from the mind-numbing gloom.
    Tom , Tom, searching for quotations
    Could not find a use for a word like potation
    Started to obsess and fell from his station
    Number one writer to gutter observation…

  4. Jeff - April 15, 2008

    I love the sound of the word slake. Words like dipsomaniac and palliative remind me of something George Orwell said in “Politics and the English Language.” 😉
    “5. Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.
    6. Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.”

  5. Wayne Shipman - April 16, 2008

    You could start with wine Haiku…

  6. TH - April 16, 2008

    Bravo, Richard, you have saved me hours of trying to meet Tom’s implied challenge.

  7. Taster B - April 16, 2008

    Oh oh, I just saw where Alder slipped in a “slake” right at the end of his 4/13 post. To be honest I would have had to look it up if I hadn’t seen it here yesterday. 😉

  8. el jefe - April 16, 2008

    I was going to make a comment, but instead I must go work on my dipsomegalomaniacal plan for drunken world domination…

  9. Nancy - April 18, 2008

    Don’t forget “rub o’ the brush.” My dad used to say that to mean the contents of the dump bucket.

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