I am dismayed to say that three adjectives I have encountered over the past week have sent me to my dictionary. The dismay comes because at some point I feel I might have been familiar with them and because I have not used or read them for a while they have slipped from my memory. This is an attempt to put them firmly back in the part of my brain that remembers words, wherever that is.
Ersatz – apparently in German this is a noun – it means a substitute or imitation usually of inferior quality. For example you could say you had an ersatz coffee made of grain.
Refulgent – shining, gloriously bright. For example Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house a refulgent setting for the ball.
Febrile – relating to fever, feverish. For example His body temperature got very high and he suffered a febrile seizure.
Speaking of which I nearly had one myself when I found that if you want people to read your blog put ‘colonic ‘ in the title. Suddenly everyone was interested in this old lady’s ramblings. I am more determined than ever to raid the piggy bank and have a go. Needless to say all will be revealed if you see what I mean.