Have you ever discovered a word and were drawn to it? PERSPICACIOUS! I like the sound of it and the looks of it. I roll the word around in my mouth and play with it in my mind. There’s something perspicaciously smart about the word, and I’ve been looking for a way to use it.

What do I do? Walk up to someone and say, Hi! I’m feeling quite perspicacious today. How about you? Or should I write, That is a perspicacious comment, there. How about this: While Dan’s writing is perspicacious, yours is rather obtuse.

PERSPICACIOUS: penetratingly discerning or perceptive

Synonyms: insightful, wise, astute, sagacious, discerning, perceptive, clear-sighted, smart, sharp; Antonym: obtuse. 

Don’t you think it’s a pretty cool word?

While I’d like to include a photo that shows my perspicaciousness, I couldn’t find one. Instead, I’ll share a shot I took Saturday night at the park where I met “Lizard Man” … I wonder how perspicacious HE is!


27 thoughts on “perspicacious

  1. Love the word! I’m going to find at least 3 reasons to use it today… although all my colleagues are native Mandarin speakers and I might confuse my translator… oh, what the hey, gonna find 3 ways to use it anyway 🙂

  2. I’ll have to agree with you … that word is one of the good ones!

    I love finding a good excuse to trot out a ten dollar word. That’s what my ex-husband used to call them. Ten dollar words. Which to him meant any word with more than two syllables, pretty much. He thought I was trying to be snooty sometimes when I would use ten dollar words, but it was never that … I just think they’re sexy. Of course, I used to think he was, too. (made myself laugh).

    In any case, I’m ALWAYS in favor of a really juicy ten dollar word. Love it.

    • Thank you. That site is a great one for shooting pictures, especially the pro photographers shooting weddings, engagement pics, and models.

  3. Hi Mona. As you can see I replied to another comment further down here. It wasn’t my intention, but I’m commenting via my phone and something happened. Still what I said was what I was true 🙂

  4. That word looks like a form of percipience. Or maybe it’s the other way around, either way I love the meaning of both of those words. I even named my first book Percipience. Maybe my 2nd book should be Perspicacious. Great image by the way 🙂 Where is that?

    • I took this near Phoenix AZ at Tempe Town Lake (which isn’t really a lake but a short area of the dried up Salt River that is dammed and artificially filled to create a really cool park. The building on the left is a favorite spot for weddings, fund-raisers, and various artistic performances.

      • I thought it looked familiar but I wasn’t 100% sure. I went to school a few blocks from there at the ASU Tempe Campus. Your picture makes it look so beautiful.

  5. Oh, this post was a delicious read for me! Adore the word perspicacious, and with it fastidious and capricious. The English language is chock-full of fun tongue treats.


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