For this week’s installment of “Word of the Week” I am going to explore one of my favorite words, “myriad.” This word originally came into my repertoire of words when I was listening to Interpol’s “Antics.” Interpol is known for a unique brand of morbid but intelligently worded songs. Their lyrics are laden with five-dollar words. For example “stealth,” “salacious,” and “cadaverous” appear in “C’mere,” “Length of Love” and “A Time To Be Small,” respectively.
Etymology: Greek myriad-, myrias, from myrioi countless, ten thousand
2: having innumerable aspects or elements myriad activity of the new land — Meridel Le Sueur>
Synonyms: countless, endless, heaping, immeasurable, incalculable, multitudinous, no end of, numberless, oodles, slew, uncounted
Antonyms: limited, measurable
Used in a sentence: When Catherine entered Marcus’s apartment, she noticed a myriad of records stacked in milk crates lining the walls.
Used in a song: “But I am married to your charms and grace./ I go crazy like the good old days./ You make me want to pick up a guitar/ and celebrate the myriad ways that I love you.” Interpol “Slow Hands” mp3