To walk is to advance or travel on foot. This verb is incredibly useful, but if you’re looking to convey that someone is walking at a leisurely pace with no particular aim, the verb saunter is the more effective choice. Saunter suggests an easy, unhurried manner of travel similar to the synonyms amble and stroll—though saunter is sometimes used to paint a picture of someone who makes a show of their nonchalance, especially in circumstances that might call for alacrity or promptness: Just as the potential homebuyers were getting ready to leave the open house, a real-estate agent sauntered over and offered them lemonade.
The only constant in life is change, so it’s wise to familiarize yourself with today’s terms: the verb adapt means “to adjust oneself to different conditions, environment, etc.” If you adapt easily to all circumstances, it means you are flexible and can modify your plans or expectations without difficulty. The verb acclimate means “to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate or environment.” When we acclimate to something (such as thin air at high elevations), we get used to it over time. The adjustment implied by this term is often a physiological one (your body will acclimate to the heat), though it’s also used to talk about the imperceptible ways in which one adjusts to a new lifestyle or culture.
Today’s featured words are more than enough. If you have an excess of something, you have an extreme amount or a superabundance of that thing: He had an excess of energy, so he went for a 10-mile run. This is a noun use of the word, but excess is also used as an adjective to mean “extra”: to shed excess weight. The noun plethora refers to an overabundance of something: The student was bombarded with a plethora of information from the admissions office after inquiring about the college. The surfeit implied by plethora is not as extreme as excess (note the distinction between a superabundance and an overabundance), which is perhaps why plethora is increasingly used to refer to a very large amount of something in a neutral or even favorable way; however, this usage is frowned on by some stylists.