Words that begin with ‘G’. Not the most exciting theme, understandably. But these words are worth knowing.
If you’ve always thought there’s something a little off with “lefties”, you might like this word. From the French for ‘left’, gauche means clumsy and socially awkward. The connotation here is that ‘left’ is awkward (not quite sure how the socially part came about though). So left-handed or right-handed, if a friend of yours always seems to say something that makes others feel awkward, he or she is gauche. Perhaps, when they meet people, they always look away instead of shaking the person’s hand.
Do you always like being around others? Would you never be caught dead in a movie theater alone or out to dinner by yourself? Well, you might very well be gregarious, which means social, inclined to company. The word gregarious also pops up in the avian kingdom. Birds that travel in flocks are known as gregarious birds.
This is the noun form of the much more common garrulous, which means talkative. So ‘garrulity’ means talkativeness. This word shouldn’t be confused with ‘gregarious’, since you could be alone in a room—habitually alone—and ramble incessantly at the wall. Conversely, you could be gregarious but not garrulous, always hanging out with your friends but be the quiet one.
Though you might think of Newton and apples, this word relates to one’s bearing, not falling things. If you think of a person who is very respected in his or her profession and they emit a seriousness in manner or purpose that person is known for their gravitas. A judge, an umpire, a police officer—anyone in a position of power who determines what is right and wrong typically exudes gravitas.
This is the noun form of genuflect, which means to bend down at the knee and pay homage to an important person. In medieval times the king’s court was a likely place for genuflection. Not from the king, of course, but from the commoners. More generally speaking, to genuflect can mean to act in a servile manner. That is, you are always kissing up to someone and acting in an excessively obedient manner.