"Christmas always comes so suddenly"
This is the card I received from my German cousin last week. I was surprised to find that plötzlich means sudden. I didn't know the word and I assumed, based on the sound of it, that it would have something to do with plodding. That's the problem when you worship at the church of onomatopoeia. Things quite often to turn out to mean the opposite of what you had always assumed.
Need evidence of my moronic proclivities?
I always associated irascible with mischievous (perhaps because it sounds like rascal); turns out it means cantankerous.
I have on occasion used restive in place of calm. Naturally it means impatient.
I have used supercilious as a synonym for superficial, while the whole time actually means haughtily disdainful.
Don't even get me started on sonorous.
Sure hope Santa brings me a dictionary for Christmas. Obviously I could use one.
Do you have any words that you have been using incorrectly for years?
Do you have any favourite onomatopoeia? onomatopeias? onomatopoeum?