i love words. being a court reporter, i have to know a lot of them. thankfully, i don't have to know what they all mean, just how to spell them. i like learning new ones and entering them into my stenographic dictionary. today i had another deposition in a power and energy case that i've been working on for over a year. i've learned lots of technical words in that case, including photovoltaic (able to produce a voltage when exposed to radiant energy) and kilovolt-ampere (an electrical unit). today the attorneys were throwing around a couple of foreign terms that i didn't have in my steno dictionary: ab initio (latin for "from the beginning") and force majeure (french for "greater force"). needless to say, i have them in there now. next time i'll be ready for them. :)
and then there's words like combinatorial and infinitesimally (someone used that one in a deposition the other day and threw me for a loop), which you can easily figure out the meaning of but you've never really had opportunity to use them in a sentence before.
some other fun words that i've come across are quixotic (impulsive, romantic, impractical), usufruct (the right to enjoy something that belongs to someone else, as long as you don't damage it), and querulous (discontent, testy). try them out in a sentence sometime!
anyone out there have any other good ones for me?