Lovely Words

Foist

Oxford tells us that to foist is to “impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on”. Much more interesting is the example given by reference.com, “to foist political views into a news story.”

Bulldozer

This word has a great, buzzy sound that evokes tank-like treads rumbling down the asphalt as we drive by, rubbernecking on the way home from work. An older form of the word, bulldose, meant to beat severely. In the US in the 1870’s, as federal troops withdrew from the former Confederate states, actions designed to keep black voters away from the polls were labeled bull-dozing.

Vamoose

The opposite to mosey, this word has a hissing that implies quickness combined with resistance, or at least reluctance. When the guilty scurry away to avoid being caught, they’re vamoosing. This word comes from the Spanish vamos, which means “let us go”; and, indirectly from the Latin vadere, to go or to walk.


Neil Fein is a freelance editor who specializes in novels. If you’ve written a manuscript or are getting close to finishing, you can get in touch with him here, and even ask for a free sample edit. He also plays acoustic guitar in the band Baroque & Hungry. He writes music and lyrics as often as possible, which is not often enough to suit him.

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