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Sunday, 13 January 2013

Sunday Rest: Word Not To Use Today: stellify.

I came across this word only the other day and, ooh, I do loathe it. I loathe it passionately. I can feel a warm flush of revulsion running under my skin as I type.

No, there's no way I'm using this one.

It has the most gorgeously beautiful meaning: to be made into a star.

Could anything be more full of beauty and wonder? More mysterious, more sparkling, more numinous?

And what word we have for it?


And when are we going to use it?


Phew. That's better out than in. What a relief. Thank you. Thank you really very much...

Word Not To Use Today Or Indeed Ever If I Have Anything To Do With It: ********. This word comes from the lovely Latin word stella, which means star.


  1. Gosh yes, I agree, that one's horrible! ;)

  2. Thanks, Katherine. I'm sorry to inflict it on you.

    I'll let you know if I ever get round to setting up a survivors' group.

  3. Glad to say I've never come across it, but have also to remark that it doesn't QUITE set my teeth on edge. Though I'm never going to use it, that's for sure.