I underline words as I read.
My reasons vary.
A word sounds smooth in my head.
A word sounds crisp when spoken out loud.
It may be a fancy word I want to remember, like say, pretentious. But fancy words are like my Air Jordan 11s – you pull them out only for special occasions.
After underlining a word, I make a silent promise to myself. I promise to return to the page. I promise to grab a real-life dictionary and look up the definition.
I break these promises to myself almost every time.
But today I kept it.
Definitions from a few pages from Dryer’s English:
Ossified v. – cease developing; become inflexible.
Fundament n. – 1 the foundation or basis of something. 2 humorous a person’s buttocks or anus.
Knell n. – the sound of a bell, especially when rung solemnly for a death or funeral.
Keeping promises always satisfies.