Sunday, October 5, 2008

Word up!

My husband is quite good looking, in my opinion. I often think, "How did I get so lucky to have such a handsome guy?". Well, the other day, I found him even more attractive, I have to admit. You might be wondering, "Did he wear some new clothes? Get a new haircut? Try some new cologne?"

The answer is no, no and no. He used the word "synecdoche" in ordinary conversation.


I realize that this makes me sound like a geek. A nerd. A semantics-, linguistics- etymology-loving dork. That's okay. I was so enthralled by this new word that rolled off my husband's tongue that I immediately asked for a defintion and then scurried to the computer to learn more.

I told a friend about this exchange between me and my husband, and he came up with the example: "Schenectady is a synecdoche". If you're intrigued by this word and its example, I challenge you to look it up as well. If you do, maybe there's a bit of a word lover in you too!

4 comments:

Scott said...

Word up, indeed!

I was pondering vocabulary this morning at worship. Specifically during the eucharistic liturgy, when I realized that I was actually initiating tintinnabulation....and that's when I realized that I too, am a geek. : )

mammamilk said...

Tintinnabulation - that's one of the best words. How many people can actually say they've initiated tintinnabulation? You're one of the few, the proud, the tintinnabulators.

Heidi said...

I just have to say that I think my husband is pretty cute. IRregardless of your opinion. :)

musicgirl said...

Oooh...I am one of those lucky few who get to hold the title of tintinnabulation initiator...I feel proud to be in this select group with Scott!