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This is a new venture. Even though it’s built on the old, it’s new. As every day is new, and every breath. Consider this: All the living diversity in the known universe rises from arrangements of the same few atoms. All the stories and songs in the English language, the novels and poems and knock-knock jokes are built using the same small–surprisingly small–puddle of words.

Is it using the same words over that makes us so often stale, stuck, thinking the same thoughts and seeing things from the same angle? Using that same old language we began learning before we could think, how do we identify and express those daily fragments of curiosity, surprise, disgust, hunger, awe that keep us from curling into language-less balls, that make life worth the trouble of speech?

Damned if I know.

But this is a call of sorts, a request and an explanation. I want us all to–not to make language new, I don’t believe what’s new can be understandable–to try to notice. 

Along with the world around us, to notice our own response, and notice the words we use when we try to tell or explain. Let’s give, pay, exercise attention.

 

 

TRI

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11 thoughts on “About Now

  1. Just this week on various reads I’ve picked up at least a half a dozen new words that I hadn’t come across. Would it be possible for you to have a page here with a glossary of ‘New’ words and their definitions?

    As poets we often want to make our thoughts known in the simplest of ways so that the majority might enjoy our ideas. But it is fun to occasional slip in a word that On’t will make an impression and maybe be used with more frequency.

    I found ‘On’t’ in this quote and at least think it means ‘honestly’
    “We love being in love, that’s the truth on’t.” – William Makepeace Thackeray.

    Well I like my interpretation better, however On’t can be found here:
    https://www.wordnik.com/words/on't
    Contraction of on it. Or don’t with the ‘d’ off…

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      1. I can try. Would you put the ‘New Words’ in alphabetical order? Or give me access to the page to attempt to take all those New Words that might end up in the comments…if others would want to also contribute?

        It would just be copy and pasting the word and definition (left in your comment section) in alphabetical order on the home ‘New Word Page’.

        Just a few bugs to work out. Because one person’s new word might not be so new to another. But we could include all that were offered with either a link to or the simplest definition.

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            1. Here’s the first three:
              Élan = noun: vigorous spirit or enthusiasm (from a piece by Debi)

              Hoolie (regional difference – hoddie) blow a hoolie v. phr. (of weather) to storm; to forcefully gust, blow, and rain. Editorial Note: The stand-alone hoolie ‘a severe storm’ is rare outside of the blow a hoolie construction. It is sometimes spelled hooley. Etymological Note: Perhaps connected to hooley defined by Jonathon Green’s Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang as “a rip-roaring party” and marked as originally Irish, though the sense has a history in the US as well. (from a conversation with Misky)

              On’t = Contraction: (archaic, regional) Contraction of ‘on it’. (from a piece by Jules, from a quote.)

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  2. Gladly. Most muchly. Suchly. And saucily, which is what spellcheck wants to make of suchly. I am most mad and moonly today,
    and thankful to have words
    with which to play.

    Quickly. Quickly, now…

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  3. I make up words — misspells on purpose and no — especially when this addled brain can’t find the “right” or “desired” word. Not exactly keeping the language vibrant and new, but following the tradition of my father’s life long wordplay.

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