I love words and this language of ours. The feel of words as I say them, the sound of word patterns, the power of them–all these things and more make me love words and language. Words create reality, clarity, self-awareness, acceptance and joy. And yet, there are many times when words leave us questioning, wondering, wrecked. The distance between the effects of “I love you” and “There has been an accident” is so great that it cannot even be measured. Joy, suffering…what a difference a word makes. But words are powerful even when they don’t seem to be emotional powerhouses.
There are times that the NCTE and good ole Webster just need to get behind the eight ball and embrace words that really should be part of the lexicon. Take “begilliant” for example. Doesn’t that just sound fun? “Bah-jill-yunt” was newly coined in my home last night. Today, I am going to attempt to use it at least three times in hopes of making it a permanent resident in my vocabulary.
And just what is begilliant, you ask. Well, last night my oldest son decided that “the little magnet thing to clean off the algea in the fish tank is begilliant – it’s beyond brilliant.” He went on to add that, ” I like fish tank cleaners.”
Now you tell me, what is begilliant in your day? Myself, many, many things in my day are begilliant. A cleaner fish tank is just one of them.