This week's word is Soporific.
adjective - Tending to induce drowsiness or sleep; sleepy or drowsy; tediously boring or monotonous.
noun - a drug or other agent that induces sleep.
Some synonyms: sedative, somnolent, calmative
Used in a sentence:
"I hope readers won't find this post soporific," said Mrs. M.
Most recently seen or heard in:
"A Mixed Threesome" from Golf Without Tears by P.G. Wodehouse (you can read the story online here)
Why I like this word:
1. It's beautifully onomatopoeic (which is a fancy way of saying that it sounds like what it means). Say it slowly to yourself a few times over, and see if it doesn't set you nodding - especially when combined with a few of its synonyms. Sedative, somnolent, soporific. Sedative, somnolent, soporific. Your eyes are closing. You're getting sleepy ... very sleepy.
(There's something about that initial "s"- so soft, so seductive.)
2. Spelt a bit differently, it would make a lovely name for a retro laundry detergent. Can't you just see the breathless ads?
Tired of finding gray soap scum on your laundry? Don't use soap, use Soap-o-Riffic! Soap-o-Riffic's special ingredients will make your whites whiter and your brights brighter. Terrific for wool, terrific for silk, terrific for cotton and nylon too! For all your laundry needs, remember - It's not soap, it's Soap-o-Riffic!(Amazing how those exclamation points dispel the drowsy effect.)
I always thought this word was pronounced sō - porific (which explains the little advertising fantasy above). If only it were used more in everyday conversation I might have had a clue.
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What's your favourite soporific?
(Mine is mental arithmetic, with government documents running a strong second. Either of these will send me right off to sleep.)
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