Thursday, October 23, 2008

verbivore

Words. I love words. In fact, I think I might be a word snob. I refuse to use abbreviations in my text messages, forum posts and blog posts. I still use proper punctuation, spell words out completely and always check my spelling. And, since I have never in my life actually spoken the phrase "laugh out loud" I find that I have no need to use that ever-so-popular abbreviation in my writing. Never. A little pedantic, I know, but someone has to preserve 'real language' before we all forget how to spell; before we humans start to communicate purely with abbreviations.

I don't know why I love words so much. I just do. I'm a verbivore. When I was in college, our college radio station broadcast word etymology snippets in a program called Chrysti the Wordsmith and I thought the program was brilliant. Word origins are totally fascinating. In fact, as soon as Chrysti published a book, I ran out and bought it (Verbivore's Feast: A Banquet of Word & Phrase Origins From Chrysti the Wordsmith).

Anyway, what's not to love about language and words and letters? This week, my favorite word is invective, a noun that means "highly critical or insulting language."

6 comments:

KiWi said...

verbivore. I love it. I'm a technical writer by trade so picayunish pedantry is my life.

THE ORDINARY HOUSEWIFE said...

I love this post :)

heidi said...

okay, so now "picayunish" is my favorite word!

Mayhem said...

in college, one of my professors made us learn the etymology of every word we ever came across. I've never liked etymology, but I do appreciate your use of real words :)

heidi said...

I LOVE your illos! I'm a new fan...
-the other heidi virgo designer

THE ORDINARY HOUSEWIFE said...

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