Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wednesday's Word - Erudite

I apologize for the blip in the Wednesday's Word posts these past weeks. Things just felt a little overwhelming for a bit. From this point onwards, Wednesday's Word will be shifting to a bi-weekly schedule. Thanks for understanding!

And today, Wednesday's Word is Erudite

Pronounced as: eh-ruh-dite Definition: (adj) having or showing knowledge that is gained by studying; possessing or displaying erudition  
Other Forms: eruditely (adv); erudition (noun)
Synonyms: educated, scholarly, literate, well-read, lettered  
Antonyms: ignorant, illiterate, uneducated

I know this is a relatively familiar word. I see it used a lot in blogs and articles that discuss topics regarding someone's expertise. I thought I knew what it meant, but now that I've looked it up, I realize I was wrong. I originally equated the word to be similar to "luddite." Obviously, I wasn't even close.  

Sample Use: Her butchering skills are remarkable, but erudite. We'll have to break her out of her mold. She won't be hacking cattle in those woods.  

Your turn: Show me in the comments how you might use this word in your own writing. As an added challenge, try your hand at a piece of hint fiction (a piece of fiction in 25 words our less that hints to something bigger).


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