Thursday, February 9, 2017

Happy Word Nerd Day

It is word nerd day and I have to tell you that I am a lover of words.


My favorite word in the dictionary is pulchritudinous because it is a big and delicious way of telling someone that you think they are beautiful. I think the word can fit into every and any circumstance that arises without leaving a maze of questions to follow.

I shout in triumph because I love words so much that I majored in English with the idea that it would make me a better wordsmith and just knowing that I long endured with superhuman effort to graduate with a Magna Cum Laude degree, to me is the epitome of pulchritude.

My second favorite word is sequoia because it is the only word in the dictionary that uses all five vowels and is about something I love a lot, which is a flower. How pulchritudinous is that! Somehow learning new words found lodgment in my heart and I have yet to wring it out.

Word Nerd Day

Today is all about words and so I decided to mingle in some of the words of the day that I found, to share in this moment of writing passion. If peradventure were not the Merriam Webster word of the day today, I would have beyond the shadow of a doubt been trying to stretch the battery of my experiences and my life’s long cadences to pepper this post with advice as a way to fulfill my burning desire.

SNOWDAY IN NYC - FEBRUARY 2017
When I was ready to rise hoping that the meteorologist was wrong and that a plethora of snow would not hit New York, my eyes responded sharply to the cover of white that carpeted the entirety of my neighborhood. I had to remind myself that even though my plans were trampled, my shattered hope was soluble when I saw that soluble was the New York Times word of the day for today. How pulchritudinous to focus my attention on the good things and not the bad! I can still dare to be inspired by the seeds I plant today that may one day stand tall and face the sun with beauty and grace like a sequoia.

Connotations

Some other words of the day I found in different lexicons that appealed to my interest were Cooperate in the Learner’s Dictionary, Struwwelpter on Wordsmith.org and Sciographer in the Oxford Dictionary. Here I am being the sciographer, trying to direct a deeper gradation of light on this gloomy, stormy Thursday. I get it, I cannot control the weather. But, despite Mother Nature’s not cooperating with my plans, I am still extremely ambitious.  With each brush stroke of minute, the jungle of my mind is refreshed and reinvigorated as I see the wide range of possibilities that lie ahead. This task at hand was a way of getting my writing mind into action and I think I am headed in the right direction.

JNOTE BAND
It is okay that this night will not be graced with the tuxes and gowns that I originally planned. Who could argue with the blizzard of facts that this weather is too bad to be driving around on the icy roads to live in bold colors? Definitely not I, the struwwelpter, who is thanking God that I did not decide to straighten my hair. It would have been a nightmare had I. Just thinking about what my locks might have looked like after being attacked by the wintry mix had I gotten it done, leaves me with a joy of laughter. I still have a slow hunch that regardless of the snow, that this is going to be a good day.

Definitions

On any given day, I battle with endless energy. It is almost as if there is a canvas living within and I awaken ready to respond sharply to life artistically. Words pour out of me and boom, I have new lyrics to a song. Boom, I have a new poem. Boom, I am writing a new word and definition in my notebook to use in a future setting.




My love for words I think started when my teacher walked into the classroom and in a song said, the linking verbs were: am, is, are, was, were, be, been, become, seem, appear, feel, taste , smell , sound and, sometimes, look. I can still sing the song today as if it were really a day ago when she sang it. I guess you can see that being a writer is one of the biggest kernels of my pulchritude. And though sometimes I am reluctant to share, I am so happy when my petals open up like a sequoia and I am able to scribble my ideas.  I am a word nerd and I know it!

HAVE A PULCHRITUDINOUS WORD NERD DAY
ALL YOU SEQUOIAS OUT THERE!

46 comments:

  1. I, too, love words. I wound up majoring in Early Childhood Education but I originally planned to major in English.

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    1. Oh that is really cool. So you are a teacher. Nice!

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  2. I have not heard of this day before! I have never heard of the word pulchritudinous before what a great word!

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    1. They have all these wacky holidays that I think are so cool.

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  3. As a fellow word nerd, I love everything about this! I will have to start using the word pulchritudinous more often!

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  4. I have learned a new word today. Bring on beautiful, using this all week and beyond.

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  5. I didn't even know about this. A word nerd! This elementary school teacher loves this!

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  6. Wow- you really do love words! I have never heard of pulchritudinous. So cool!

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    1. Yeah. I love writing and trying to use words or phrases that are cool and unfamiliar and it enhances my writing ability just that much.,

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  7. I love the word plethora!!! It rolls so nicely off the tongue :)

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    1. Me too. Great word to roll off your tongue.

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  8. My Mom was an English teacher and I have had a love for reading for all of my life. Sadly I have encountered many people that don't appreciate words because they think they're too much work.

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    1. Ogh that was nice. Yeah! I love reading. Great pastime to have.

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  9. Do be honest I had never heard of these words! Thank you for introducing them to me on NERD WORD DAY!

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  10. I knew exactly what your first word meant as I took Latin in highschool! It is the first time I have seen someone use it in a long time!!

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    1. Really. I use it a lot. Such a great word.

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  11. I know about the word sequioa but this is the first time I heard (or read) about pulchritude. You really are a word nerd! I guess I learned something new today.

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  12. Learning so much here. This is the first time I heard about the word pulchritudinous.

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    1. I actually found it in a thesaurus and ever since, I loved it!

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  13. I do believe I have never heard either of these two words before. In fact I don't think I can pronounce them but I do find them both interesting and glad you shared them. Thanks for sharing your experiences and the words.

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  14. I love words and how our choice of words can have such a huge effect on those around us and in ourselves too. Loved learning some new words today too. Will have to find a way to use the word pulchritudinous!

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    1. That's right. They do. Interesting that you said that.

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  15. I learned something new today! I had no idea there was a word that used all the vowels. So neat to know!

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    1. Yup. The only one in the English dictionary is a nature based. The Sequoia.

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  16. Word Nerd day? That sounds perfect for me. We English teachers are proud word nerds because we know the power of each and every word--and language is just so incredibly beautiful.

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  17. I have so many favorite words too and word nerd day sounds right up my alley. Haha! I may have switched majors, but it was English once. :)

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    1. Wow! That is cool. I switched mine a few times too. LOL!

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  18. This is such a fun post. Awesome info on the word sequoia! Had no idea!

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  19. That is a big word. I have never heard of it before and I am still sitting here trying to figure out how to say it. HA.

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  20. I've never heard of pulchritudinous before lol. That is so cool though. Wish someone would say that to me.

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    1. ME too. I heard it on t"A Different World"." Someone told Whitley Gilbert that she was the epitome of pulchritude. Such a cool word.

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  21. Wow! I never knew those two words until I read this blog! I'd love to use this but I find it hard to pronounce!- Anosa

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  22. I love words too! I did not know your favorite word, thanks for teaching me a good one!

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  23. Hahaha words are definitely fun!!! I just got into using ridiculous words because it makes me feel more confident for some reason.

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