Word Nerd Confessions: July
Summer is its own special time, especially July. It’s solidly summer: weather is warmish but not too uncomfortable, events are happening–outdoor concerts, craft fairs, and the like, the lake is tolerable not freezing, school is distant past and not a threat on the horizon.
July requires its own set of vocabulary:
serotinal:pertaining to or occurring in late summer (must be related to serotonin–that feel good chemical in our brain).
phub: to ignore (a person or one’s surroundings) when in a social situation by busying oneself with a phone or other mobile device (I admit to phubbing when at the park or beach–tuning out people to cocoon in my little bubble of perceived solitude–is this a bad thing though?).
tzimmes: fuss; uproar; hullabaloo (when temps get too warm crankiness arrives and tzimmes is a fitting word).
ergophobia:an abnormal fear of work; an aversion to work (self explanatory).
benighted: intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened (unfortunately, there is evidence of this behavior when out and about during summer, especially seen at the beach–oh my–do my students who are life guards have interesting days).
paseo: slow, leisurely walk or stroll (summer evenings when the temp drops a tad and the sun has just disappeared on the horizon, a paseo along the boardwalk after dinner is a lovely way to start/end the evening).
craic: fun and entertainment, especially good conversation and company (often precededby the–English derived, as in “wisecrack”).
solitudinarian: a person who seeks solitude; recluse (me, that’s me–give me a hammock, a book, and a soft breeze and I’ll be a-phubbing for hours).
deracinate: to remove or destroy utterly; extirpate (related to above as in socializing?)
ariose: songlike (“The ariose breeze filtering through the stand of pines added an extra appreciation of the fine quality of this July day.”)
biophilia: a love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life form (but not when they are benighted or phubbing).
sabulous: sandy or gritty (beach wear side effect)
cynosure: something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest, etc. (blue lake, hot day)
pasquinade: a satire or lampoon, especially one posted in a public place (like Taming of the Shrew as a performance in the park–good times having Shakespeare as a summer performance).
joyance: joyous feeling; gladness (that overall summer mood)
hygge: adj.--cozy and comforting; noun–the feeling of cozy and comforting (some may associate this with winter, but being snug in a backyard hammock with a cool breeze playing about is indeed cozy and comforting).
petrichor: a distinctive scent produced by rainfall in dry earth (there is a word for that amazing smell right after the rain hits the hot sidewalk–word nerdiness points!)
Heiligenschein: the ring of light around the shadow cast by a person’s head, especially on a dewy sunlit lawn; halo (you know that photo, the one where you notice that strange glow around the person’s head -“whoa, I didn’t know you were an angel! Look at your halo!)
viator: wayfarer or traveler (got my bags packed and my ticket to go)
vade meecum: something a person carries about for frequent or regular use (a book, of course–summer is prime reading time).
So that’s a batch of summertime words. There are some fabulous ones that I’m determined to slip into casual conversation.
“I see you got your vade meecum ready.
“Wow! Smell that petrichor!”
“Yup, me and the hubs got our bags packed–we’re just a couple of viators ready to hit the road.”
“Nothing like a well-done pasquinade to get a person laughing.”
“These summer concerts have a certain cynosure about them, don’t they?”
What two words are you going to work into a conversation?