Bodacious Vocabulary

In the book I just finished (Gilead by Marilynne Robinson), I bumped into several unfamiliar words. One was bodacious.

Bodacious (boh-dey-shuhs) is an adjective that means remarkable or outstanding. Sometimes my student employees think I have a bodacious vocabulary. Mainly because I love words, use a wide variety of words, and am always adding words to my vocabulary. And, mainly because I do not rely on the same small, humdrum set of words that some people tenaciously (and lazily) cling to.

If a photograph was outstanding, it could be considered a bodacious picture. If a speech, book, or an act of humanitarian kindness was above and beyond good, it could be considered bodacious.

Bodacious also means bold, brazen, or daring. If a person played an outrageous trick on someone, that trick could be considered bodacious. If someone went free rock climbing without ropes to catch that person in case of a fall, that rock climbing experience would definitely be bodacious. If a shy person was convinced to sing in front of a group, that would be a bodacious act for the shy person.

If you live a quiet, non-eventful life, you might want to consider doing something bodacious to spice up you life. Like riding a zip line in Costa Rica, river running down the Salmon River in Idaho, or crossing in the middle of a street instead of at the crosswalk . . .

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