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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Finding unusual, new, whimsical, I-didn’t-know-there-was-a-word-for-it kind of words is delightful. But that’s only half the story. The other is usage.
A word just sitting between the sheets of a dictionary, waiting, can be restless.
A word wants to be manipulated. “Use me,” it says. “Like I’m your servant.”
“Play with me.”
I dive into magazines, newspapers, books, websites, and more, chasing words down to see what they are up to. I watch their antics, admiring their wordplay and whatever new positions they come up with.
This week I have selected five usage examples that are more than functional. They illustrate the usage of words, but they do it in such a playful manner.
Of unknown origin. Earliest documented use: 1540.
“I have seen you gleeking and galling at this gentleman twice or thrice.”
William Shakespeare; Henry V; 1623.
“It feels as if God is gleeking his holy saliva onto my face when I use [“Apple Brightening Mist, $16.69”] to cool down after a workout.”
Aimee Heckel; End of Summer Might Be Approaching, But Style Always Matters; The Daily Camera (Boulder, Colorado); Aug 2, 2013.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:I don't think that combat has ever been written about truthfully; it has always been described in terms of bravery and cowardice. I won't even accept these words as terms of human reference any more. And anyway, hell, they don't even apply to what, in actual fact, modern warfare has become. -James Jones, novelist (6 Nov 1921-1977)