I felt joy

No doubt “joy” is an old fashioned word that is seldom used like other eminently descriptive words that have fallen from our vernacular. An unexpected find in the written word can make you pause and appreciate such a simple term. “Joy” embodies a wealth of meaning in a single syllable that everyone can relate to and has a benchmark or touchstone for. I came across “joy” in a short story that I read for class; other words that jumped out at me were “sluiced” and “shimmied” [the thin brown stream of coffee sluiced into the china cup; she shimmied up a tree]. I can’t remember when I last read either of these words.

Another word that I’ve discussed recently with a friend is “obstreperous”, which means resisting control in a noisy manner; unruly. Because of its infrequent use in modern verse, my friend had mangled it into “obstropolis”. The drift in the pronunciation of this word, though hilarious, shows how words do come and go and change in use. I like the new version and plan to slip it into conversation now and then, just to see if it takes hold in my social sphere. Yes, I do experiment on my friends 🙂 It’s always a bit of fun to see what happens.

Try to find your own rarely used or unusual word, or better yet use one in conversation with a friend and see their reaction. Bring back the diversity and richness of meaning by resurrecting these old (and new) words into our lexicon.

Advertisements

One thought on “I felt joy

  1. Hmm that obstropolis friend would be suse I think.

    I knew all the words except for lexicon that’s a new one for me.

    J

    ________________________________

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s