This weeks word comes directly from a past Thursday Thronger – Sadie S Forsyth – who used it on Twitter. I spotted her heart wrenching tweet about never having to use it (together with Multicollinearity) ever again and asked if I might requisition them as they sounded just perfect for this weekly spot. I hadn’t the faintest idea what they meant – but they just rolled around my head beautifully just waiting for one of many possible alternative meanings.
I must admit that I was very tempted by the word ‘neurocalyptic’ which I spotted on Russell Gayer’s Friday Fictioneers contribution this week (http://russellgayer.blogspot.co.uk/) but as he admitted to creating the word himself I thought it probably shouldn’t count. However, if you think it might be fun to create some new vocabulary then let me know what word you would like to submit and we can think of the meanings for them; the submitter gets to choose which meaning they like the most 🙂
I spent Satudary at a the Quest Festival in Devon with my friend Anne Orchard. Specifically we went to hear Tim Freke speak. Tim is the author of several books, including two of my favourites ‘The Jesus Mysteries‘ and ‘How Long is Now‘, if you are trying to find an answer to the question ‘why am I here?‘ then I’d highly recommend you getting hold of a copy of that latter book as it can help you with some nice and logical explanations. Anyway, that’s all by the by, the weekly word is ICONOCLASTIC and is inspired by the talk I attended because he challenges many of the assumptions we make about spirituality, belief and the biggest of questions ‘what is my purpose?’.
Firstly, huge apologies for not sticking to my schedule last week and missing out a weekly word post; events, as they say, overtook and I couldn’t post. It won’t happen again, promise 🙂
I’m also sticking with the letter ‘S‘ this week as the word is going to be Synchronicity. This was the word I was going to do before synergistic mysteriously used my fingers to type itself into the headline of the post. Perhaps though, there was a synchronistic reason for not using it because it is highly appropriate to events over the last weekend. I’d like to explain a little about why that was the case before we get started.
This week the Weekly Word is Synergistic. I have no idea why I chose this word as I was going to use something else until the moment I started typing out the title of the post and somehow it popped out. But, before we start the challenge I’d like to offer you a suggestion, think of a word – any word – now think about how it sounds, what each bit of it means in today’s language and sometimes you might find that the word no longer fits the meaning or you can come up with something funny in its place.
This week the Weekly Word is Epicurean, I picked it because I was reminded of it when picking out relishes and pickles in the supermarket yesterday and yet it’s a word we rarely see. As usual, I’d like to challenge readers to find an unusual, imaginative or correct usage of the word EPICUREAN in a single sentence or a paragraph, but first a little more about what it means and how it is used in language. If you would like to see earlier Weekly Word’s you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word
With the Weekly Word I like to indulge a side of myself that is fascinated by language and especially the way it sounds when you roll it around inside your head. I often wonder who originally came up with the words that we all use, I mean someone had to invent the word ‘chair‘ or even ‘Antidisestablishmentarianism‘.
I’ve just commented on a post from The Forgotten Wife about not always being special (http://theforgottenwife.com/2012/06/09/thats-right-youre-not-as-special-as-you-were-led-to-believe/) and my comment was to do with responsibility. While I was doing that I was struggling to find a word I really wanted to work with this week and it came to me that there is a word we can use that compliments the post beautifully and that is ‘COMPASSION‘.
I’m fascinated by the way that words sound; when you really think about the way they roll around the tongue and the head they can seem so ‘right’ for their meaning or so ‘wrong’. I also wonder where they came from, I mean who decided that thing we sit on was going to be called a ‘chair’. Every word had to be invented by someone at some time even if they do have a root in some long forgotten language.
Welcome to this weeks Weekly Word, which is ‘SPICULE‘ and it comes courtesy of JK Bradley’s Friday Fictionners piece FLASH FICTION FRIDAY, almost. When I read his post last week I found the sentence “reticent spicule of urban sprawl” to be incredibly evocative and the word just stuck in my head all weekend.
So, I’d like to challenge you to find an unusual, imaginative or correct usage of the word in a single sentence or a paragraph.
This weeks word is SPICULE, it is a noun pronounced ‘spy-cue-al’
SPICULE means a small slender, perhaps needle like structure or crystal such as that found in the skeletal structure of invertebrates. It can also mean a short-lived vertical jets of hot gas rising from the surface of the sun and extending into the corona