I have always had a fascination with words. One of my favourite words is 'Palaverous', which basically means: to be wordy, verbose, given to palaver. It was once used by a friend to describe me... because I ramble on like a buffoon (oops!). I jumped on it because I'd never heard the word before. Yes, I was slightly embarrassed once he'd defined it for me, but it stuck in my head and now I drop it into casual conversation as if it's just a word that everyone knows.
I also love finding new words that are just plain nice to roll off your tongue. A few years ago I shared an example on our facebook page: Verisimilitude! You can't say that word and not sound super posh. It refers to the appearance of being true or real.
And then there are the words that other languages have for things that we just don't have an equivalent of in English. Some of these words have such beautiful meanings. Like 'Shinrin-yoku', a word used in Japan to define the healing effect of walking through a forest, it literally means 'forest bathing'. I can absolutely relate to the idea of bathing in the forest and the ensuant feeling of healing (ooh, a rhyme, I love rhymes).
I have incorporated this word-love of mine into our products with a whole range of goodies featuring interesting collective nouns, fun dictionary definitions, and don't even get me started on my obsession with grammar rules.
So anyway, on the subject of this potentially being the start of something new and fun; earlier today I shared the image below, showing a definition of the word 'Nyctophilia'.
This word is one that I happened upon during one of many many hours lost in the time-sucking world of Pinterest. I find a lot of words on Pinterest, usually overlaid onto a stock photo with a definition. But when I go and do a quick google of these words, I often find that someone just made them up for the sake of creating a post. I know every word was made up by someone at some point, but I always feel deflated when I find out it isn't actually a word in any dictionary.
This got me thinking about my word-love and how there are probably other crazy people out there that love words as much as I do. So, I sketched this galactical image, added the definition, and shared it to our Instagram and Facebook followers. I would like to make this a regular thing so that we are sharing one word a week. But the really fun bit... I want our followers to get involved and share the word-love. I decided we should have a hashtag for this so that it can have a place in the internet world. I thought the hashtag could be used in three possible ways...
Can you tell I have a lot of thoughts swilling around in my brain for this? Is it a good idea? Do you even like learning new words or am I the only one? What could the hashtag be? I'm kind of liking #ohwhatawonderfulword but it's a bit on the palaverous side!
I have so many questions but I think it could be really fun. Please comment below if you have any thoughts.
*If you chose to share one of our images we would simply ask that you credit us in the caption to say where the image came from.