The second word is ‘plethora’. Although this lovely word, which means a large quantity, is often found on standardized test, I somehow missed it in the SAT study guides of high school. I’m sure I’ve read it many times in books and intended to look it up, but never did. I was in my thirties before I actually heard it used in conversation and I fell in love with it. Of course when I finally had my first chance to use it months later, I pronounced it incorrectly and continued this mistake until someone had the nerve to correct me. Luckily I hadn’t used it often enough to cause a great deal of lost sleep over my blunder. For years, it remained my #1 favorite.
I have to thank Mr. C.S. Lewis for my new favorite word. The word is ‘quisling’. Now by itself it’s an intriguing word but Lewis actually referred to ‘filthy quislings’. Well that’s just doubly intriguing. I’m sure to some this is not a new word but I can’t remember ever seeing it before reading Mere Christianity. A quisling, especially a filthy quisling, is basically a traitor. I don’t remember my History books using this term when we discussed Benedict Arnold. Of course, there’s not a lot I remember from History classes, so it may have been used frequently.
Now my problem is trying to fit this word into conversation. It’s hard to throw it around if you’re not in the military or politics. My friends and I rarely talk of traitors. Maybe around Easter I can start a heated discussion on Judas and throw in my new favorite word. And, don’t worry, I double checked the pronunciation in the dictionary.