I was drafting an essay and going down the rabbit hole of pressing words on thesaurus.com until the right word I was looking for came up, and I came across this word and used it. Then, my computer crashed and the paragraph I was working on disappeared.

I loved learning this word. I had never came across anything like it. If it helps, I was discussing in my essay the use of specific language that may be deemed a more advanced in order to convey the intended idea most precisely and effectively, and how my love for this level of language has grown as I have continued to become more accustomed to it.

Anyway, I would say that my love for specific and intentional language grew as I’ve became familiar with it, so this word I’m searching for fits with this idea.

The problem is I can’t remember if I was using it as a verb or adjective. Or maybe even noun??? Please help. I fell in love with the word and can’t find it anywhere.

  • The phrase 'an easy familiarity' is used, especially but not exclusively for interpersonal relationships. Commented Jun 22 at 15:35
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    This really sounds like affinity (definition here: merriam-webster.com/dictionary/affinity -- specifically refer to definitions 2b and 3a). "Your affinity for this level of language has grown as you have continued to become more accustomed to it." Commented Jun 23 at 5:22
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    Is acclimate the word you're looking for? Or the adjectives accustomed or attuned or habituated?
    – alphabet
    Commented Jun 24 at 18:14
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    @QuackE.Duck also affinity bias
    – stevesliva
    Commented Jun 25 at 0:23
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    Thanks to everyone who commented. Although affinity does fit this example, I distinctly tememebr the word “familiarity” being in the definition. And it wasn’t accustomed or the similar words mentioned. Maybe I did imagine it, because I did look through my browser history with no luck (it was difficult because I was on my phone though). The word I swear I discovered was almost a combination of affinity and accustomed…
    – Katy
    Commented Jun 25 at 14:30


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