Today, I’m thrilled to introduce a new aspect of The Write Practice: Words on Wednesdays.

One important thing you can do to improve at writing is to expand your vocabulary.

Which is why once a week, Suzie Gallagher and I are going to introduce a new vocabulary word in addition to our normal content. Then, in true Write Practice form, you’ll get to practice writing with the word for five minutes. And for extra credit, you can incorporate the word of the week into your writing practice during the rest of the week to further cement it into your memory.

And if you have a vocabulary word you’d like to see in this series, email me here and we’ll consider it for our vocabulary list.

I hope you enjoy Words on Wednesdays! Take it away, Suzie….

The word of the week is:


Definition: adj. querulous in temperament or mood. Perversely obstinate.

Example: In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Capulet says about Juliet:

“Well, he may chance to do some good on her.
A peevish self-willed harlotry it is.”

Translation: She’s a stubborn brat.


Write for five minutes, using the word “peevish” as frequently as you. When you’re finished, post your practice in the comments section.


Photo by Ashley Sturgis

My practice:

Mary stood in the queue at the checkout, she was next but it looked like it was going to be some time before she would be served. She rolled her eyes to the heavens as the man in front renewed his attack.

Behind Mary people were getting restless but Mary was enjoying the spectacle. The man, peevishly maintaining his position, the cashier equally obstinate in her “rules is rules” philosophy.

When Mary had her fill of the display, she leaned forward and offered to carry the man’s groceries to the car, which diffused the situation at the till but she had to endure a blow by blow account of the peevishly inspired man.

Suzie Gallagher
Suzie Gallagher