Word of the month: Apt

I am a self-confessed word nerd. I don’t use uncommon words in an attempt to sound smart. I enjoy the English language and the words that we have to choose from. I will admit, I’m apt to use words that will make the average Joe scratch their heard.

Evidently, I use big words even when they aren’t big. Picture this scenario if you will; someone send you an email and invites you to a vague event three weeks away. With our busy lives it’s often hard to know what we are doing tomorrow much less in the future.

This is the exchange that followed:




Since in the reply, Sally (whose name has been changed) asked the right question, I didn’t bother to followup on the second part of her response.  I am happy to help you expand your vocabulary. If you don’t understand what I’m saying, I am happy to answer your questions. Very often others will ask about words or phrases native English speakers use that may not be familiar elsewhere.

In this age of technology, I am constantly looking up words when I’m reading. I have a running list of words that pique my interest so that I may write or explore them further.  I recently went to the movies and made note of a word that caught my attention so I could look it up once we got out of the theatre.  See, I really am a word nerd.

I digress.  Back to our word…

Latin in origin, aptus fitted, suited, appropriate, past participle of *apĕre to fasten, attach.  Apt dates back as far as 1398 meaning Suited, fitted, adapted (to (obs.) or for a purpose); having the requisite qualifications; fit.  A more modern (1677), but by no means a new meaning and the one I often use is inclined, disposed (in a single instance).

Apt is a word I am apt to use often.  I’d like to challenge you to use this week’s word in a story, poem, or blog post.  I can’t wait to see what you come up with!  Please let me know.


  • I have cross posted this in Blogger’s World Forum, sorry if you are getting bombarded with this 😉

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I'm a mad scientist trying to find my tools.

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