A little while ago, I read a blog post (and when I track it down, I will come back and update with link to it, promise!) saying that we need to use the words we love, or we will lose them: they will become lost to everyday understanding.
I thought this was an excellent point and in honour of the great words, I thought I would dedicate the first Friday of every month to my favourite words.
To get the ball rolling, I offer today:
According to my Collins English Dictionary (yes, an actual book, with pages and ink and all) this is an adjective and means
1. lacking vitality and purpose or
2. lazy or idle, especially in a dreamy way
As in (as I used it on Twitter, just recently, to a Twit friend who has not given me a link to his book on Amazon)
Oi, you lackadaisical Spaniard, WHERE IS MY LINK?
I’m sure you could think of more polite ways to use it. Although, then again, considering it’s meaning, perhaps not…
And the other word I wish to celebrate today is:
1. (adj) not susceptible to control or authority: refractory
2. (noun) a recalcitrant person.
Or in other words, unco-operative. I love that this comes from a Latin root, from the verb ‘to kick’.
Famous, in Australia, for the time that our then Prime Minister used it to describe a neighbouring political leader and his approach to negotiations and nearly caused an international incident.
And that’s it for today, as I must go and do other things. I would like it on record that the choice of these two particular words has nothing to do with how late this blog went up today. Although the fact that my subconscious threw up these two, in a month when I am trying to write a frankly ludicrous (another favourite word) total of words may be significant…
Do you have any favourites? Any themes you’d like explored on the First Friday WordFest? Let me know and I will do my best to accommodate!