Friday, May 11, 2012

A Word with Laurie: Turgid

Photo by L. Kolp

“Reading those turgid philosophers here in these remote stone buildings may not get you a job, but if those books have forced you to ask yourself questions about what makes life truthful, purposeful, meaningful, and redeeming, you have the Swiss Army Knife of mental tools, and it's going to come in handy all the time."
~Bill Watterson

Guess what? From now on I'm going to get my words from YOU.

I searched through poems on the blogs of Real Toads members for a word to highlight. When I was visiting Skylover the other day, I spotted just the word in Kerry’s poem, Aubade (Post-Apocalyptic)- turgid.


Photo by L. Kolp

Here’s the definition given at


1: being in a state of distension: SWOLLEN, TUMID ; especially: exhibiting turgor
2: excessively embellished in style or language: BOMBASTIC, POMPOUS

— tur•gid•i•ty \ˌtər-ˈji-də-tē\noun
— tur•gid•ly \ˈtər-jəd-lē\adverb
— tur•gid•ness noun


Turgid prose is often broken up by an acid aside, for which the reader is too often rather thankful.

Photo by L. Kolp

Now use any form of turgid in your poem and link it up. Then kindly visit others and leave a comment. Have a great weekend!


Kerry O'Connor said...

Thanks for the shout out, Laurie. It was a surprise to see 'my word' here :)

Laurie Kolp said...

= ) I'm so glad, Kerry!

Mystic_Mom said...

That was more fun than I thought, hope you like my response to the challenge!

Ella said...

Intriguing...I love this idea Laurie!
Very clever of YOU :D

Daydreamertoo said...

Great prompt again. Thanks.

Hannah said...

What a great word you two!! Thank you, Laurie!!

Marian said...

always love your word prompts, Laurie!

Laurie Kolp said...

Thanks to all who participated. I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful weekend!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Exhausted, kids.....hope to be back tomorrow. My entire HEAD feels turgid. And not in a good way!

Isadora Gruye said...

thanks for the challenge Laurie. I've had my fun and posted a bit of swill.

Gattina said...

I was looking for Skywatch and saw these nice balloons !

Peggy said...

Hi Toads and Flowers--what lovely appellations--neat to think about words we know but so often ignore and turgid is certainly one of those words.

Herotomost said...

Sorry so late....Thanks!

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