Category Archives: words

Hopscotch

I was talking with a friend recently, about childhood games and words we like.  Well, actually, she was talking about childhood games and I was talking about words I like.  We met somewhere in the middle, over hopscotch.

I couldn’t remember how to play hopscotch, and I’m not sure she could either.  Although she insisted it was easy, ‘You just throw the stone and hop,’ I was sure there was more to it than that, however, she insisted it really was that simple.  I guess if she’s right (I checked, she is*), then hopscotch would make a good metaphor for life – we just throw our stones and hope for the best.  Anyway, I digress.

So, I was talking about the word hopscotch, I like the sound of it.  To me, it kind of sounds just right  for what it describes.  The word itself conjures up images of childish games and carefree summers spent playing on the street with perhaps just some chalk and maybe a skipping rope.  Maybe it’s actually that ‘sk’ sounds that does it – skipping, scooters, skittles, skittish…  See what I mean?  It’s definitely a playful word and that’s what I like about it.

What playful words do you like, and why?

*kind of.  There is a little more to it, but not much…

Word of the Year 2009

Dear Readers,

I’ve taken a bit of a break this month, as you may have noticed, taking some time to catch up with friends over the holiday season because for me, that’s what this time of year is all about. 

This season is about reconnecting with those I love, so when I read that the Oxford English Dictionary’s word of the year for 2009 was ‘unfriend,’ I was, well, disappointed.  Not by the fact that we have verbed a noun, that’s nothing new (‘google,’ anyone?), and doesn’t offend, but by the fact that 2009’s defining word is one that means cutting ties with friends (albeit online, on facebook, and perhaps only temporarily… but still).

So, I got to thinking about my friends, and what they are to me.  Friendships cannot be measured, and each relationship I have is different, but they are themes that apply to all of my friends.  I had started with a list (yes that’s right, I am a ‘list’ person. I have come to terms with this and you may see more lists here, in future) of what my friendships are not, e.g. My friends are not hateful, selfish, or likely to swim in my tears…  Then I thought, ‘Hold on, I’ve got this all wrong.’  So, here’s a list of what/who my friends are, which is much more rewarding to write:

My People:

Celebrate my successes

Commiserate my failures and continue to love me

Are interesting and interested in me

Are supportive

Have wide shoulders and endless tissues

Strong enough to hold me up when I stumble

Intuitive enough to have their arms out to catch me before I realise I’m about to fall

Know when I need them… And when I need to be alone

Inspire me

Reflect my light and brighten my dark

Love me

And so much more…

 

What’s your response to 2009’s word of the year?