Friday, December 4, 2009

Wordsmithing

Words that I don't know:

What's the word for that click of rightness that tells you when you've found exactly the right gift for the right person? I need to know that word.

What about the word for the feeling you have when you love your kids but you need a little time away from them?

What's the word for the feeling you have when you finish reading a perfectly written story and experience a small moment of reading induced-bliss?

What's the word for perfect chocolate?

What's the word to describe a child who is so stinkin' cute that right now, you're reduced to using "stinkin' cute" because there's no other phrase which expresses the absolute degree of cuteness that child achieves?

What's the antonym for that word, for those occasional moments when the same child is temporarily possessed of....well, "the devil" might be putting it a bit strongly, but it's close?

What's the word for a song you hear and then immediately love so much that you have to hit "repeat" at least a dozen and a half times in a row?

What's the word when "delicious" isn't a specific enough adjective to describe something sublime, like a perfect creamy soup?

What's the word to describe a quiet, fleeting moment where for just a brief snatch of time, everything is exactly right in your life?

I need a bigger vocabulary.

29 comments:

Heather said...

I'm afraid of what you might do with a bigger vocabulary;)

evitafjord said...

What's the word when the child is both cute and devil at the very same time? My 2yo is so excited about Christmas that he cannot contain it and bursts out in squeals of delight randomly all day long. Except that squeal isn't quite the right word. Squeals are often cute. This noise is definitely not cute.

CountessLaurie said...

Is this a quiz? Here are my answers:

epiphany
sanity
delightful
Lindt
scrumptious
terrorist
rapture
scrumptious (def #2)
rare

Sounds like life is pretty good for you right now... lots of things are making you happy.

Kristina P. said...

My coworker loves to use the word "phenomenal" to describe pretty much anything.

Kimberly said...

Some things just require whole sentences don't they?

Lara said...

I don't think I know any of those words, either.

wonder woman said...

I think the Countess gets an A.

Kenny, the Husband said...

[from SNL's spoof of "Inside the Actor's Guild", with Will Ferrell playing James Lipton, and Alec Baldwin as Charles Nelson Riley]

James Lipton: When one thinks of CNR [Charles Nelson Riley], one thinks of Match Game.

That show was delightful. No, no. It was brilliant. No, no, no, no. There is no word to describe its perfection. So I'm forced to make one up. And I'm going to do so right now...

SCRUMPTRULESCENT!


http://www.hulu.com/watch/3524/saturday-night-live-inside-the-actors-studio

Becky said...

Let me know when you come up with these words, because I will use them. And I'll give you credit. Mostly.

CaJoh said...

I'm terrible with words— I tend to use them completely wrong whenever I do so.

But I will try to take on your last one: "What's the word to describe a quiet, fleeting moment where for just a brief snatch of time, everything is exactly right in your life?"

— Set

If this doesn't make sense, ask me and I will try to explain (If I can remember why I chose it).

DeNae said...

You well know that I've never used one word when 12,000 would do. But I've been in every place you just described, and you're right: There should be specific vocabulary for such things.

Maybe the Jaredites had words for all of it. Moroni really wished he had their gift for language.

So maybe that "possessed by something" word is "curelom" or "cumom".

Roll it around in your mouth a little: "What th- how did you manage to POOP OUT my Magenta Moxie lipstick unless you first ingested it? Oh my gosh, you're such a naugthy, naughty curelom!!"

I think that sounds beautiful, myself...

stewbert said...

I agree with most of Countess' words, but have a few other suggestions. I'll just swap those out

epiphany
motherhood
delightful
European
beyond adorable, beadorable! (if you haven't watched Bolt ... well ... it's from that)
terrorist (snicker, definitely)
rapture
scrumptious (def #2)
peace (or contentment)

L.T. Elliot said...

I'm with Kim. Sometimes it takes many words to express the right things.

nano*ink said...

heavenly doesn't quite do it either.
gut-wrenching? nah!

Eowyn said...

Crap! See, I'm crying again!

Bless you Melanie!

Erin said...

That was a really neat post!

And I think you should invent words for these definitions. Introduce them into your blog vernacular, and before long, they will be mainstream.

Baak Talk said...

Whoever coined the phrase "words cannot express..." hit it right on!! It's so true.

LisAway said...

I think I prefer reading your definitions.

Luisa Perkins said...

You'll come up with the answers, I have no doubt!

Becca said...

Words make me so happy, even when you need twenty instead of one. But, just since Christmas is coming, and I love to make you happy, and we all love books so much, there is a book called "There's a Word For That." Once my dad owned it. He probably still does (we're just funny like that).

wendy said...

Well, those are good questions for sure. I don't even think "Webster" could help you there could he.
What IS the word.
What IS the word for feeling absolute JOY and absolute PAIN - -all at the same time.
what word???

Kazzy said...

I love the idea of a word for a post-reading euphoria. Great ideas!

charrette said...

1. Score!
2. Claustrophobic
3. Euphoria
4. Lindt
5. Adorablicious
6. Possessed (demon-spawn works too)
7. Addiction
8. Orgasmic
9. Evansescent

Now, what's the word for those bloggers you hate to miss because you know they'll make you think, feel, laugh...and maybe all of the above at once?

Debbie said...

Excellent ponderings! I have left people comments about photos where I think their child is "stinkin cute" and then I really hope they know that is a compliment!

Anna said...

["What IS the word for feeling absolute JOY and absolute PAIN - -all at the same time.
what word???"]

Birth. :)

Heather of the EO said...

That cute kid one is
toot-knocker. Trust me, it works.

Kelly O. said...

I need your address!!!!

Terresa said...

Man, you are such a thinker. And a writer. And a word girl.

And to answer the question, "What's the word for perfect chocolate?"

See's. Godiva. Chocolate chip waffles. Or maybe all three.

myimaginaryblog said...

happy
sad
happy
happy
happy
sad
happy
happy
happy

I'm so good at this!
(I think I'd have taken a serious try if 28 brilliant women hadn't already commented ahead of me. 28 brilliant women! You keep impressive company.)