When we were riding the shuttle bus in Zion’s National Park earlier this week at our family reunion, I sat next to a lady who was from Michigan. We chatted briefly and I commented that Utah isn’t quite as verdant as Michigan. She whole-heartedly agreed with me!
Verdant (vur-dnt) is an adjective that means green in tint or color. Utah is quite brown in color because it is a semi-desert. Michigan is not. It is green with lots of trees, plants, and undergrowth.
You could have a verdant sofa meaning it was green in color. You could have a verdant shirt, verdant car, verdant piece of candy. All of those things would be green in color.
Verdant can also mean inexperienced. (If you refer to a person as being ‘green’ that means the person is not experienced in whatever area you are talking about.) A person could be a verdant college freshmen, a verdant newspaper reporter, a verdant piano player. All of these people would not be very experienced in that specific area. They do not have very much knowledge or judgment in certain areas.
The next word is wheedle. Wheedle (hweed-l) is a verb that means to influence or entice by soft words or flattery. To persuade with gentle urging especially in the face of reluctance. To coax. Children often wheedle their parents to buy them candy at the store. Children beg and coax their parents into buying candy when the parents don’t want to get them some.
Sometimes a person might wheedle a friend into doing an activity with them when the person isn’t very interested. I do not particularly like country music. So, my husband would have to wheedle me (try and coax and gently persuade me) to go with him to listen to a concert where country and western music was played.
The last word for today is sobriquet. Sobriquet (soh-bruh-key) is a noun that is an affectionate or humorous nickname. When we were first married, my husband used to call me Buckwheat. My daughter calls her husband honey. ‘Honey’ and ‘Buckwheat’ are sobriquets – an affectionate nickname. Sometimes a husband might call his wife sweetheart, sweetie pie, pumpkin, Tootsie, or lovey dovey. Those are terms of endearment and are sobriquets.
A sobriquet could also be a shortened version of a person’s given name. Susy instead of Susan. Joe instead of Joseph. Or Mike instead of Michael. Those are sobriquets, too.
Dear Reader (a sobriquet!) I hope that you enjoy using these words!