Thursday, March 11, 2010

Great Words: Undulating

Main Entry: 2un•du•late
Pronunciation: \-ˌlāt\
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): un•du•lat•ed; un•du•lat•ing
Etymology: Late Latin undula small wave, from Latin *undula
Date: 1664
intransitive verb 1 : to form or move in waves : fluctuate
2 : to rise and fall in volume, pitch, or cadence
3 : to present a wavy appearance transitive verb : to cause to move in a wavy, sinuous, or flowing manner
synonyms see swing

So I shared this great word with Squeakers and she laughs every time I bring it up. She thinks it sounds naughty.

I think it sounds great! In my mind, it sounds like what it means in way of definition, as in I might have guessed that it means or is relating to “waves.” Also, when one says it, it sounds as if the sound is wavy; it’s not flat or straight like “flat” and “undulating” is made up of soft, round sounds. It’s fun to say, but notice that “undulate” doesn’t sound very good at all; it must be “undulating.”

What word do you think is great?