Yes, it’s a word.

No, it has nothing to do with this post. (Actually, how should I know? I haven’t even written the post yet!)

The word just happened to catch my eye while I was procrastinating.

The reason for my procrastination is simple: I have Writer’s Block. Writer’s Block is more than a little inconvenient for me at the moment, considering I’m meant to be preparing the draft of my English Creative Writing exam. It’s for tomorrow. I have Writer’s Block. I, therefore, cannot write creatively. I’m stuck. I’m neck-deep in quicksand kind of stuck. Just moments ago I resorted to looking up random things like “Appendicitis” and “Russian Empire” on Wikipedia while meticulously reforming the shredded paper that was previously the home of a very delicious homemade vanilla muffin.

Yes, I really did that.

No, it’s not normal.

It was, though, the most normal thing that crossed my mind. It also lead to the writing of this post; I looked up a word from the Appendicitis article on and was then mysteriously redirected to a site that obnoxiously proceeded to tell me what “Stertorous” was. My once thought-to -be reasonable vocabulary, as I have now discovered, leaves much to be desired. Despite my shame, I thought the word was so profound that it would have been a moral crime for me to keep it to myself. Hence, this post.

You have now heard of the word “Stertorous”. Go look it up and then use it in your next English essay. I guarantee your teacher will be gobsmacked. After staring precariously at the word for several minutes, all the while doubting both you and her/his University degree, she/he will pull her/his dusty dictionary off the shelf and flip through the “S” section. And Violá! Right below “Sternutative” is the definition of “Stertorous”.

There are two resultant situations to your teacher’s discovery:

  1. She/He will be so amazed at your gobsmacking knowledge of the word that she/he will not be able to resist the urge to raise your grade by 18%, thereby granting you that coveted A+! or…
  2. The sheer humiliation of not knowing the word will put her/him in the most awful mood and she/he will have no choice but to downgrade you to an E.

I don’t even think there is an “E” grade.

Yes, I agree: “Stertorous” is an awesome word. (And it ended up having quite a lot to do with this post!)

No, I haven’t overcome my Writer’s Block.

Yes, you can have a delicious homemade vanilla muffin.

No, Justin Bieber’s new song “Boyfriend” is not the greatest piece of music ever recorded. In fact, it’s nowhere close. But hey, that’s just me. If you love “JB” to the ends of your ragged soul, then that’s your Baby (HA!- see what I did there?).


“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.”  ―  Charles Bukowski, The Last Night of the Earth Poems


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