So it’s Tuesday, October 1st, and I’m still in a hotel. Its a bit of an adventure, but truthfully, this is weighing heavily on my will to post meaningful content. All I really want to do is complain, but, the BDE is telling me “no.”
So, today I’m going to try something different. Today I’m going to teach you something that you might not actually know. And, if this post proves interesting, I may let this be an ongoing series.
So as a writer, the number one weapon in my arsenal is words. Words are the basic building blocks of sentences, which are the basic building blocks of paragraphs, and so on and so on until you reach a full story. You can never know too many words.
For instance, last week I posted a blog called BLATHERSKITE. Many of you probably looked at the title, read the post, and kept it moving. However, I was hoping to inspire you guys to look the word up. I make it a point to choose my titles, thematically. Blatherskite is a noun. It sounds pretty nonsensical which directly reflects its meaning. It can refer to a person that talks a lot without making much sense, or a nonsensical ramblings. Lewis Carol’s poem, The Jabberwocky, could be seen as blatherskite. The word fits perfectly in my whimsical style of writing.
Another really interesting word is lemniscate. Now this term is typically used in geometry, and we all know that math is t disco enough to be featured on The Thought Renaissance. I however, love to know the proper names of things. If you’ve ever seen the sideways figure-eight, or the infinite symbol, you’ve seen a lemniscate! That’s right, it has a proper name!
So before I leave you to flutter about your day, I’ll give you one more word that you probably didn’t know. Have you ever been reading a comic or watching a cartoon and you see a question mark and an exclamation point right be side each other? This grammatical combo is typically used to convey startled confusion…or as most of us would most likely use it as…a “what the fuck” symbol. This (?!) actually has a proper name. It’s referred to as an interrobang! Any time you’ve looked at something and found yourself to be both surprised and confused, your mine conjured up an interrobang without you even realizing it.
So if any of you readers are also writers, I hope you enjoyed this. I hope you found this random amount of information interesting. If you did, let me know in the comment section. If you didn’t, tell me to “shut the fuck up” in the comment section. Either way, you need to be in the comment section.
Now get the hell out of here, you filthy animals.
“I’m sleepy.” — Jamale Davis