September 2021 Featured Article
Ever tried to remember a word, closed your eyes, shook your head, and said, “What’s that word? Oh. Don’t tell me. Uh …” I fumble around and insist it’s just on the tip of my tongue. And finally, “Forget it. I’ll come back to it.” (Regrettably, it happens more and more often as the years whiz by.)
Back when I was a schoolgirl learning to type, a bottle of Wite Out sat beside my Smith-Corona, and I replaced it often. Couldn’t seem to type a full page without a typo. Oh! Those pesky words. (Today the editor’s Wite Out is Track Changes in Word).
Many times, I’ve spoken words that embarrassed and shamed me. Foolish words. Untrue words. Misused words. Worst of all, I’ve shouted angry words. Hurtful. Wounding. Shameful words I regret. If only I could “wite” them out.
Speaking of word recall …
The funniest such incident I’ve witnessed was shortly after my husband Al suffered a mild stroke and would mix up words for a brief time. One instance was hilarious and is a favorite family anecdote:
Al, to our grandson Davis: “You see, in the Old Testament there were two groups of people—the Jews, God’s chosen people, and the Genitals.”
I thought I’d split a side! Even still, I can’t help myself. Each time I tell this, the family relives the hilarity. And Al just grins. (He gave me permission to tell this, by the way.) If you missed his mistake in the quotation above, look again.
As a writer, I roam around fields of words, searching for just the right one at the right time. Often, they’re as elusive as falling leaves.
But I keep trying. Which is why the words below, most of which I’ve never heard, are fascinating. Try your hand at identifying them. Choose from the list of descriptors that follow the first list. (Answers are at the end of this blog. But don’t peek. I knew 3 and guessed 3 correctly. Grade: F):
Can You Match These Weird Words to Their Meaning?
- glabella i. the plastic or metallic coating at the end of shoelaces
- petrichor ii. the sheen of light you see when you close your eyes
and press your hands on them
- wamble iii. illegible handwriting
- vagitus iv. little toe or finger
- tines v. the smell after it rains
- phosphenes vi. the metal gadget used to measure your feet at the store
- box tent vii. the day after tomorrow
- over morrow vii. the prongs of a fork
- minimus ix. the wire cage that holds the cork on a bottle of champagne
- agraffe x. the space between your eyebrows
- aglet xi. the opening in a shirt where the sleeves are sewn in
- vocables xii. the sick feeling after eating or drinking too much
- interrobang xiii. the dot over an “i” or “j”
- columella nasi xiv. the “na na na” and “la la la” which don’t have meaning in a
- armscye xv. finding it difficult to get out of bed in the morning
- dysania xvi. when your stomach rumbles
- griffonage xvii. the combination of question mark and exclamation point (?!)
- tittle xviii. the cry of a newborn baby
- crapulence xix. the little plastic gadget in the middle of a pizza box
- Bannock device xx. the space between your nostrils
Vocabulary like this can trip us up. Confuse us. Lead us astray. Even discourage us.
God, on the other hand …
One of my favorite Bible verses is in Proverbs, the book of wisdom.
“Every word of God is flawless …”
Proverbs 30:5 NIV
Wow. Every. Single. Word. Without flaw. Perfect. That’s beyond imagining, isn’t it? It’s impossible to grasp. Mind bending, especially considering my wicked thoughts and poor choices of words. Thank God He’s flawless. Not an iota of imperfection. My perfect plumb line. I’d be lost without the eternal Point of Reference.
Perfect Words for Life
The words I type onto a page are flawed. That’s where the editor comes in. So are the words I speak. Matter of fact, my whole life is one big typo. How about you? Thankfully, Jesus Christ wites out every imperfection. He took care of Track Changes long ago.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 NIV
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 3: 16-17 NIV
So long for another week, friends. Let’s revel in the joy of flawlessness through Jesus Christ.
~ ~ ~
Dear Lord, thank you for providing the perfect plumb line, Jesus Christ. We’re forever grateful for your grace that covers every flaw. Way better than Wite Out. And for your perfect Word that equips us for every good work.
~ For Jesus’ sake
P.S. And the answer is
Here are the correct answers. Pat yourself on the back if you got even one of these. (Who in the world uses them, anyway? And to think God knows every word devised by man)
x. the space between
ii. Sheen of light when you press your hands on your closed eyes
xv. Difficulty getting out of bed in morning
v. the smell after rain
|7. box tent
xx. Little plastic gadget in middle of pizza box
xiv. Lyrics “na na na” and “la la la” with no meaning
iii. illegible handwriting
xvi. stomach rumbles
vii. day after tomorrow
xiii. (?!) question mark with exclamation point
xviii. the dot over an “i” or a “j”
xix. newborn’s cry
iv. little toe or finger
|14. columella nasi
xvii. space between
xix. sick feeling after eating or drinking too much
viii.prongs of fork
ix. wire cage on champagne bottle’s cork
xi. Armhole where sleeves are sewn
|20. Bannock device
xx. metal gadget used to measure feet at store