Wednesday, October 9, 2013

A Collection of Beautiful Words - Part 1

“At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book--that string of confused, alien ciphers--shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.” 
Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading


A confuddled mass of letters strung together, in an often beautiful melody, to form a meaning. A word. They remind me of stars. Thousands, millions of them. Each unique of itself. They shine - radiant. And you just want to share their beauty with others. Words aren't only a form of communication. They are expression. They are feeling. Words are as deep a part of ourselves as our heartbeat and blood. They swim around in your consciousness at all times.

We humans have created quite a lot of words. In different languages. Some well known, some known only to ourselves. I want to start a weekly feature to share some with you. Words that are unique or fun to say. Forgotten or well-loved. I hope you find as much enjoyment in these words as I had in posting them.

Widdershins
Counterclockwise direction.

Flibbertigibbet
A silly, scatterbrained, or garrulous person.

Muckle
A large amount.

Chortle
A snorting, joyful chuckle.

Octopodes
Plural form of octopus.

Lackadaisically
In a lackadaisical manner; without enthusiasm or interest.

Coterie
A small, often select group of persons who associate with one another frequently.

Kenspeckle
Easily recognized, distinctive, conspicuous.

Bibliothecary
A librarian.

Nemophily
Fondness for forest scenery; love of the woods.



What are some of your favorite words? Please share them! I would love to add them to a future list.







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