Things That Make Me Smile: Words

March 6, 2011 at 11:57 am (Blogging, Meme) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Words, words, words; words are some of my favourite things.

Words inform:

Words delight:

Words elicit laughter:

Words tell us what you believe in:

Words reassure:

Words instruct:

This post is for Weekly Geeks: 2011 – 9 which is titled, “That word we never use.

This week’s challenge has four parts:

1 – I would like to make you all parents and send you over to Save The to look at all the words that are either not being used enough or are due for a cull probably within the next couple of years. Adopt a word.

As you can see in the photo above, the word I adopted was gelicide which is a noun. It means a frost and is used in the following sentence so that you all can get a sense of what gelicide means.

Those poor garden gnomes – they’ll die from gelicide if we don’t bring them inside.

I encourage you all to rush over and adopt a word – it was a fun and rewarding experience.

2 – What is your pet peeve word? – The word that makes you grind your teeth with either it’s over use or being used out of context.

I have no pet peeve word per say but grit my teeth every time some one misuses the plural, that is, they write sister’s when they mean sisters.

3 – What is a word you adore, or a word that you feel is not used enough. Irrespective of meaning or even era it’s a word that you just love.

The word I adore I have not been able to find in any dictionary. That word is sundelightful – I fell in love with it the minute I read it in a book. I wish I could link to the book but it’s been decades since I discovered the word and forgot the referenced book.

4 – Lastly what is your opinion on word culling or the rise in “text speak” that’s happening now.

I’m in favour of words so I have no problem with new and evolving languages. I wish I was better at learning languages as I love to pepper my speech with foreign words but will only do so if I can explain the foreign word or phrase that I am using.

Words, words, words: I love words. When I went back to school in my thirties (shh – I’m old, aged, ancient, decrepit, experienced, mature, geriatric, antique) I discovered the multi-volume print edition of the OED. I could spend hours sitting and exploring all the words stored within. This is something I covet; I want to own the print version of the OED. Does anyone have a spare $1, 595.00 + (today’s price) that they do not need and could give to me?



  1. Marion said,

    So many wonderful links! Again, a super post filled with links to all sorts of great wordy sites! I adopted the word senticous. I am fighting a senticous mood today, caused by a rather senticous relative!

    The word just jumped out at me! It was great fun.

  2. Erotic Horizon said,

    Hello Gigi..

    Thank you for taking part in this weeks challenge..

    I love your layout of words – some made me smile, some made me think of alot of more wonderful things..

    “Sundelightful” – I love it, how many delightful things do that word conjours up.. Thanks for sharing..

    Hopefully a few more readers will follow your links and adopt a word or two…


  3. Kathy said,

    Hi Gigi. I love words, too. You do always thoughtfully provide us with so many links (which provide more words and images.) Smiling at the different words you’ve shared today.

  4. Care said,

    Happy Weekly Geeks and happy word adoption! I think I can find a way to work gelicide into my vocabulary since I love to garden and plants are the most likely at-risk population of such a demise, yes?
    I love looking up words in any dictionary; I hope someone funds your OED dream soon!

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