January 14, 2011

Word Bit! (3)


As a reader and writer and blogger, I'm surrounded by words all the time. Some are old, some are new, some are funny, difficult to pronounce, fun to say, interesting, or just pure awesome.

I love words. Words are important. They're the basis of books. They're what makes everything come together. One word can change the feel, emotion and effect of a sentence. You can never know too many.

So every week I'm going to be sharing words of interest. They'll come from my readings. And who knows? Maybe you'll come across that one word that can change the feel, emotion and effect of the sentence you're working on in your novel, essay, short story, etc.

This week's word is...

- to change from a soft or fluid state to a rigid or solid state, as by cooling or freezing.
- to curdle; coagulate, as a fluid.
- to make or become fixed, as ideas, sentiments, or principles.

I came across CONGEAL this week in Banana Kiss by Bonnie Rozanski. It's one of those words that makes me stop and think, Gross. I don't know about you, but when I hear or see the word CONGEAL, I think of blood. It's just that perfect horror/gore word, perfect for thrillers.

Want to join in? I think it would be a neat little chain reaction to have fellow bloggers share their favorite, most interesting, craziest words each week. I know I'd love to see what you share! Feel free to sign up on the Mr. Linky. There's no specific rules. If you want, grab the above button, link back here, share your word, explain why, where you heard/saw it, and whatever else you'd like to add!

Just leave your name and blog name, and of course, the link to your post!

*All definitions from Dictionary.com.


  1. Congreal is such a gross word haha but I used it 5 times in my WIP ;)

    Love this week's word!

  2. Aha. It's a great word. You know, I should have finished FORGE before posting -- lots of other great words in that book too. And I figured out some of the other symbolic meanings of forge throughout the novel as well. Love it. :D

  3. Ooh, I like that word! Ive never used it before, but I may just do that in the future :D Ah, love this meme and love learning new words!

  4. Thanks for dropping by, Alissa! Ugh, congeal is a really disgusting word, it has that whole onomatopoeia thing going on somehow... I kind of think of jello or something in the frige that's congealed when I hear it...

    Have an awesome book-filled weekend! :)

  5. Congeal is not a bad word. It actually makes me think of oatmeal -- I prefer my oatmeal after it's had a chance to cool and solidify. Mmm.

  6. Heheh, I always think of fat (like chicken fat) when I hear the word congeal. Gooey, gross, cold fat. Ew.


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