Quote of the Day: A writer lives in awe of words for they can be cruel or kind, and they can change their meanings right in front of you. They pick up flavors and odors like butter in a refrigerator. John Steinbeck
I joined the A to Z challenge again this year. Last year, I had fun writing up all those posts, inviting guest bloggers, many were family members, and having the theme of names and words and phrases used in theatre.
This year, I was completely blocked on a theme. I started taking pictures so I’d have a photo of each letter of the alphabet and thinking about having a word for the day. Then, I read the above quote, and it hit me. The word for the day is the theme. Just this past week, I have been in discussions about the meanings of words. How they evolved, and how their meaning changes. Here’s a brief preview:
Here’s one to get you thinking. My boys asked me to explain eccentric. I did, in part, by saying that it means someone who does things a little differently, but there seems to be money attached to that word. It seems that if that person were poor, we’d just call them weird. So, they asked, “Would you want to be called eccentric?”
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Journaling Prompt: Would you want to be called eccentric? Did you enter the A to Z challenge? What are some words you’d like to discuss in April?
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Well, I do deviate from the conventional at times, so why not.
In my opinion, money doesn’t really come into it. Some eccentric people, are thought weird regardless of the money in the bank.
Different words: Volplane, cockalorum, scalawag, ubiquitous ( love the way that word feels on my tongue)highfalutin-a word that always makes me smile when I hear it.
Sia McKye OVER COFFEE
I did not enter the A-Z challenge, but I’m looking forward to your word-take on it … Should be intriguing. Hey, now there’s a word!
I don’t think anyone has called me eccentric, but I might get there sometime in the next 30 years or so.
I have words that I hate to use anymore because they have such diverse meanings and understandings depending on who is your hearer or reader. Faith and Christian are two words I try to avoid using without, at least, attaching definitions to them, these days.
I’ve been told I’m eccentric all my life. Then I had kids. Kirstin tells me I’m just weird. I prefer eccentric. Someday Kirstin will, too.
Sia, Love scalawag.
Joanne, I love sharing words with you.
Kathy, I also included religious in my list.
Beth, Dare to be eccentric!
Every year I say I’ll enter A-Z NEXT year, and then I don’t. I guess I’m a lame-o. How’s that for an “L” word? LOL. 🙂
Glad you have your theme! Will pictures accompany your posts?
Words are what writing is all about. Sounds like you’ve got a great idea.
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I’m already considered a bit weird, so I wouldn’t mind having money attached to that so I could be called eccentric. ;-p Good luck with your words!
Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z
Hi, new follower here. 🙂 I enjoyed this post; I love thinking about the meanings of words. I’ve described myself as eccentric before, only because I’m so odd compared to my more normal friends. I don’t think it has to do with money, but that’s just me.
Cool. I was just thinking the other day of what I should do for A to Z. I’m hoping to finish this revision before it starts so maybe once I finish that I’ll have time to make a plan for A to Z