Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Here's a word that I'm always, and I mean ALWAYS hearing in books that I'm reading, but never, ever from the mouths of actual people.


If means... let's see. Decorated. Covered all up and down. Bedecked. With gee-gaws, what-nots, and thing-a-ma-jigs.

For example:

The dungeon wall was festooned with the manacled corpses of several thousand Hyperborean sea monkeys.

The Christmas tree was festooned with solid gold bowling balls.

The garden trellis was festooned with the mummified ears of radish thieves.

The high school gymnasium bleachers were festooned with several dozen cunningly placed stashes of marijuana.

The screaming ninjas' face was festooned with bullet ants.

Festooned. Great word. It's a shame nobody uses it.

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