Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Writing Practice - Pericarp

By Leesa Ostrander

I had written a blog on how I read on my phone through Kindle on the airplane ride to New York, yet it did not feel right.

Today is a pericarp day. I hear it already, “What is pericarp?”

Pericarp according to the dictionary online is the part of a fruit that surrounds the seed or seeds, including the skin, flesh, and, in some fruits, the core.  It is the outer most skin of the ripened fruit.

Can I use pericarp the way I did? Most likely not, the word would be used in a different sentence. Yet, it had me thinking. If I can learn how to use one word each week I could expand my vocabulary 520 words in ten years. If I learned a new word daily, well I would be tired and know 3650 new words in ten years.

To use the pericarp better, I would say, “With full strength, she lifted the fruit to her nose inhaling ripeness from the pericarp.”

I know I am stretching it with the above sentence. This word was a word I choose for my writing practice. I had a doozy of a time finding a sentence for this word.
For a writing practice, I challenge you to use the word in a sentence. How would you include it into your current WIP?

2 comments:

  1. He studied the pericarp of his breakfast dish in the hopes she would stop demanding answers he didn't have.

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  2. Good one! I wonder if she knows he is thinking of his ripe fruit to avoid her? :)

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