Thursday, October 2, 2008

words

My students have spent a lot of time lately blithely humoring me working diligently to find & use more meaningful, powerful words. We've talked at length about the variety of words - plethora, if you will - available to them, about going beyond the staid & stale 'good' and 'like' and 'fun.'

It's been like pulling teeth an absolute joy; everyday we do things like share different ways of answering the question "How are you?" I've found myself being more honest when people ask it of me (instead of the immediate "Fine" I might respond, "Mediocre." People stare, it's quite amusing), and even the teenagers have tried out "Delightful" and "Crappy, actually." It's an English major's mini-fantasy.

I'm including a link right here to a site that may be considered offensive to some; it's about a word that I did not include in my list (see below) but really do find immensely satisfying from time to time.

Anyhoo (which is not a real word but is occasionally enjoyable to utter), I've made a list of some favorite words at A-Lister today. Go see, and join in. Feel free to roll your eyes and sigh heavily before doing so, for the full teenager effect.

11 comments:

Fooferoo said...

Words are fun. I went through a phase in college where I actually used words other than fine or good to that "how are you? question. Nothing like saying "I'm doing horrible how are you?" to get some strange looks :)

phd in yogurtry said...

"I'm breathing"

angel said...

i challenge myself to find and use different words when i write.

San Diego Momma said...

I'm absolutely in love with finding unexpected words to express myself.

However, way too often, I fall back on the expected and cliche.

Kinda like now.

Oh well.

Off to check that offensive website!

Stu said...

The video version is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUaWCcDlI5s

-Stu

Oliver Rain said...

Oooh, I love using different words.

katydidnot said...

jamie lee curtis' new children's book. you might like it. it's all about multi-syllabic words.

good words, dude.

MelADramatic Mommy said...

Sometimes the eff bomb is the only word that works.

brandy101 said...

Oh, its the movie I have been wating for: The long awaited follow-up to *Love, Actually* is...

*Crappy, Actually.*

!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Offensive? F#@& no!

Fantastic Forrest said...

Loved the link to the "offensive site." You TOTALLY have to rent the film "In Bruges" if you haven't already. Put the kids to bed first!! Then after you are done watching it, check out the bonus stuff on the DVD. The piece entitled "F*cking Bruges" is hysterical.

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