I am going to say it loud and say it proud – I am a vocabularian. I collect words like a philatelist collects stamps, or a lepidopterist collects butterflies, or a 9-year-old boy collects legos. Occasionally to my great pleasure (and probably to my listener’s great annoyance) I get to drop one of these words into a conversation. It’s even better when I use it in the right context. : ) Why use a 10 cent word when you can use a 10 dollar word. Okay, I don’t necessarily believe that last bit, but sometimes I can’t help it. I’ll use a word and be thinking “That’s brilliant! That word perfectly describes what I’m trying to say” My listener is probably thinking, “Ugh! There she goes again, she thinks she’s such a smarty-pants, but she’s really just obnoxious!” Obnoxious perhaps, but I have a love affair with language and all of its nuances.
My newest writing prompt was a list of words to lead me into writing. I’m too scattered lately to do anything with the list, but it will sit there waiting for me. In Madeline L’Engle’s book A Circle of Quiet she chooses a word for the summer – Ontology – a word that for her had much to do with creativity and teaching and isness. Ali Edwards has again offered up her tradition of choosing a word for the year to guide, inspire, open one up to possibility. I love words too much to limit myself to one, but I feel like the word that’s trying to find me right now has to do with relationships and connection. Also, I do have a life contract that states that I am a courageous, self-loving, adventurous woman. What can I say words have power. They can lift up, encourage, inspire us to more, or they can be weapons; dangerous and barbed. I want to use my words for the former.