WORDS I LOVE AND SHOULD USE MORE OFTEN

For some reason these don't tend to surface in everyday conversations.
  1. Portmanteau
    The morphing of two words into a new word. Smog, motel, Bennifer, Chrismukkah.
  2. Credenza
    A dining room cupboard. Not to be confused with the musical term 'crescendo.'
  3. Nefarious
    Something wicked
  4. Fingerspitzengefühl
    A German term, literally translated as "finger tips feeling" and meaning intuitive flair or instinct
  5. Unquellable
    That which cannot be quelled
  6. Duende
    Spanish term with no clear English equivalent. Creativity coming up through the roots of the Earth. Loosely means having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity.
  7. Quagmire
    An awkward, complex, or hazardous situation
  8. Conquistadorial
    Related to conquering
  9. "On the lam"
    Making an exception to the title of this list to accommodate this phrase, which means "on the run" and most often refers to fugitives.
  10. Befuddlement, befuddled
    A state of mental uncertainty / confusion resulting from failure to understand