Words beginning with "V"



This word was discussed in an hour-long seminar when I was in medical school by Dannie Absie, the Irish poet-surgeon. He learnt it from a poem by Keats (a fellow Irish poet-surgeon). It has the multiple virtues of having a clear, single meaning, of sounding really cool, and of being unnecessarily long and obscure. It is, though, deucedly difficult to work into the average non-dairy farming conversation.

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I found this word on a quiet day in November, in my parent's 1906 Webster's International Dictionary, an immense tome that enjoys its own stand underneath a creepy oil portrait of a somber, walrus-mustached man -- who may or may not be a relative -- in a rather dark corner of the living room of my parents' 200 year old Cape Cod in the woods of Spring Hill Farm in Edgecomb, Maine.

The word is said to mean: "The lowest degree of desire; imperfect or incomplete volition."

"It is with great velleity that I get up, put on my socks and shoes, and head to work."

"Honey, you know I love you but to be perfectly honest, I'm feeling velleitous* about having relations tonight."

* not in the dictionary, unfortunately.

Kit Thompson




P-u-r-r-r! Actually, now that I think about it, it is very onomatopoetic. Saying the word, I envision my hand slowly brushing down a length of beautiful velvet cloth (hopefully with a beautiful man inside!) stressing the first syllable for an inordinately long amount of time. Soft on the lips while saying it; soft on the hand while touching it. A very satisfying combination.

Beth Champeau



Greenness and life, health and peace.  Lush, fresh, flourish.  Just thinking of this word makes me happy.  Mmm ... verdure.




My fellow Word Detective fans have castigated me for hesitating on my favorite word entry. But in truth, I felt stymied. I’ve kept a “good word” list since 7th grade. Which to choose? I felt inadequate to pick a favorite from a congregation that includes lithe, ebullient, oscillate, vacillate, remoulade, radiant, brilliant, serendipitous, excellent.

The latest email (December 3 column) shook me from my lethargy. I imagined myself on James Lipton’s show (not an actress, I would be appear for eclectic value). When he asks “Favorite word?” I answer: Verisimilitude.

It rolls languidly off the tongue. It's portentous, full of truth and meaning. And yet, verisimilitude is only the appearance of truth or reality. Only another sham, with more sincerity.

Jeffe Kennedy




Vermillion is my favorite word.  It is a red-colored pigment. The very word itself sounds ancient and sumptuous, and conjures up visions of its origins as a pigment, in Europe prior to 12th century, and in Moorish science.

Also it rolls round the mouth, is fun to say, and most people aren't quite sure what color it is, so it leaves them guessing!

George Williams




It has strength to it when you say it.





Vicissitude is my favorite word because it could be used thousands of times daily, if people really knew what it means. I used it years ago when I was a bingo caller in Dreamland in Margate.  People used to call up by mistake, and it was called a "loo-loo" (which I didn't like the sound of), so one day I looked through the dictionary and came up with vicissitude, meaning "the ups and downs of life." So when somebody called up by mistake I said, "We have a vicissitude," to be applauded with a few giggles having not heard of the word before.  I became known as Tony, "Mr. Vicissitude."

Anthony Fry.




This is my favorite word because it has two V's and thus it is a fun word to say. You can thrust the V sound like out of your mouth like little firecrackers. ViVacious! Pop! Pop! And then you can hold out the "s" like the last ember slowly falling to the ground. You can't help but say it in such a way that it conveys what it means -- full of animation and spirit; lively -- and who doesn't love an onomatopoeia?

Laura Rollman




My favorite word is vixen. I remember as a child I always thought this was a "naughty" word because it was always used to describe a woman with less than perfect morals. There is something very sexy and playful about this word. I even like the way it looks written with the "x" brazenly displayed at its center. I am sure this is all very Freudian. I feel there is a little vixen in all of us women.

Carroll Farmer



I like the way it rolls out -- its strength, and also that it describes so many of us.





I think that was the first word which caught my attention when I first bought the electronic Merriam Webster dictionary. I just like the way it is pronounced. Well,I hardly use this word (maybe I've never used it), but when I hear this word it still catches my attention.





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