Pam Webb

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Word Nerd: January


While some revel in the Christmas season I am all for the New Year. New digits on the paystub, closer to spring, which means closer to June, which means summer break!

Celebrating the joy of the new year requires presenting a menu of festive, inspiring words that ring out the gladness of a new, and it’s hoped, better year.

proceleusmatic: inciting, animating, or inspiring

sweven: a vision; dream

pandiculation: the act of stretching oneself especially on waking

pulchritudinous: physically beautiful

perorate: to speak at length; make a long usually grandiloquent speech

Fletcherize: to chew (food) slowly and thoroughly

celerity: swiftness; speed

irrefragable: not to be disputed or contested

chuffle: to make a low snuffling sound analogous to the purring of smaller cat species, often as a greeting

heigira: any flight or journey to a more desirable or congenial place

mickle: great; large; much

prelapsarian: characteristic of or pertaining to any innocent or carefree period

rapprochement: an establishment or reestablishment of harmonious relations

yclept: called; named

azure: of or having a light, purplish shade of blue, like that of a clear and unclouded day

evanesce: to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away

hiemal: of or relating to winter; wintry

cavort: to behave in a high-spirited, festive manner; make merry

A broad range of words, ’tis true. Yet January can be a month of variance. There is the hiemal aspect, the evanesce of snow, it’s hoped, unless a new snowfall creates a mickle of the white muck, which generates a heigira urge for sunnier locale. Once January’s snows lessen, the landscape becomes more pulchritudinous as azure skies beckon overhead leading to prelapsarian attitude, although some would state the new year still holds over the old winter. Aye, that fact is irrefragable; however, a proceleusmatic sweven inspires the need towards pandiculation of outlook. Spring is closer in January than it was in November and I shall indeed cavort when the last snowflake falls. I might even chuffle once January’s page is turned aside to welcome February. Longer days and Valentines to anticipate create the need to Fletcherize in preparation to perorate upon the celerity of winter’s passing.

May your January and the meeting of the new year be one of rapprochement since the first month of the year was named for Janus, the Roman god of beginnings. A fitting yclept month as January is the doorway to the rest of the year.

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8 thoughts on “Word Nerd: January

  1. I’m going pandiculate first thing tomorrow morning and take mickle satisfaction in it! And next time I have buffalo wings I’ll thoroughly Fletcherize them, but I’ll eat my celery with great celerity.

  2. “Chuffle” will definitely end up in one of my books someday. Near perfect word.

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