I like surprises. I also like being predictable. A perfect blend of the two makes for fun, I think, so here we go with a bit of spontaneity.
My friend and fellow blogger, Robby Alan Marsh does something brilliant with his “Word Arsenal” series (click here to visit). While I’ve been pondering what to do with this blog (and what sort of material to give my web designer so she can start a site for me), Robby’s Word Arsenal gave me an idea.
I’ve been a word collector for many years. Whenever I read, I have my notebook nearby, and scribble down any word I find useful (mostly the ones I think I’ll forget). When I’m able, I like to search for these words in different dictionaries and make notes. I then store the notes in a Word file and keep them handy should I wish to search later (I usually cannot remember a word, but can remember something in its definition – so this file has become a thesaurus of sorts that relies on familiarity rather than categorization).
The file is huge, and I’m adding to the notebook every day. I am about 300 words behind, and will soon have to start a new notebook. Nonetheless, words are wonderful and inspiring, so I thought I’d share some here – ones whose stories I enjoy. But, only once in a while, and, I promise, I’ll change things up every now and again. After all, I like surprises.
Here are my friends for today (thank you Wikipedia for the image, and for the curious, my sources are: Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, Oxford English Dictionary, Cambridge English Dictionary, Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Online Etymological Dictionary, Dictionary.com and, occasionally, when more cross-referencing is needed, Google):
Press-gang: a detachment of men (usually in the army or navy) under the command of an officer, formerly employed to forcibly persuade others into military service, with or without notice; this action by a press-gang is known as impressment, and those liable are eligible men of seafaring habits between 18 and 45”
Agaric: referring to the dried, fruiting body of an edible fungus, formerly used in medicine; also, any fungus of the mushroom-resembling family Agaricaceae; origin: late Middle English, from Latin agaricum, via Greek agarikon (“tree fungus”)
Patois: form of language that is spoken only in a particular area and that is different from the main form of language; origin, likely Old Friend, patoier (“handle clumsily, to paw”)
Got any favorites? Please let me know. I’m always on the hunt.
Now, back to writing.