You almost have to spit it while using a French pout: ver-jer. No wonder, for I found the word hiding in a French classic by Emile Zola, Abbe Mouret's Transgression. The word sounds pretentious; it probably is. People expect pretentious words from word lovers, so I decided not to disappoint with my first entry from my word collection. Verdure. 

The verdure of the Big Thicket, a naturally green and lively area of Texas not far from me.

The verdure of the Big Thicket, a naturally green and lively area of Texas not far from me.

As you see from Merriam-Webster below, it describes the greenness of the plant. It can also describe the plants themselves. Right now in Texas, we're beginning to lose our verdure, an indicator of death and decay. So, verdure can also indicate health and vitality. When Zola uses the word, it's often to contrast the lively garden Paradou with the rocky, barren wasteland in which it sits as an oasis. 

It reminds me of verdant pastures and sheep, perhaps also part of the reason I chose it for today. Regardless, I hope you have some fun with it. Enjoy.

From Merriam-Webster:

1. the greenness of growing vegetation; also: such vegetation itself

2. condition of health and vigor

One of Zola's sentences: 

And there he lived, facing southwards, with his back turned upon the Paradou, as if unaware of the immensity of verdure that stretched away behind him.

Zola, Emile (2013-11-10). The Complete Rougon-Macquart Cycle (All 20 Unabridged Novels in one volume) (Kindle Locations 24170-24171). e-artnow. Kindle Edition. 

Sample sentences of my own:

  1. They carried the invalid boy to the fields every day, but the verdure of the landscape mocked his pallid and greying tones.
  2. He strutted, a lively walk echoed in crack of his cane upon the path, a path bordered on one side by a field of grass and on the other by a luscious forest, both sides a verdurous riot of life. 

How would you use "verdure" in a sentence?

A sentence from Ryan Ogrodowicz (pronounced O-grow-DOE-veech): 

"The lack of possessing a creative, verduous writing style and ability is evidenced in struggles to incorporate rare words in a measly sentence."

Always the comedian, dear Ryan is.


Anyone else want to give it a try?

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