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The Logophile

n. a lover of words

RECONCILIATION

[rek-uhn-sil-ee-ay-shun]

n. an act of reconciling (to establish friendly relations between two or more people).

When Canadians are asked to describe why they love Canada many are quick to respond: freedom and diversity. However, Canada has had a difficult past, one which we are still struggling to fix. Canada’s indigenous people have unjustly suffered through generations. Numerous indigenous children were forced to leave their homes and live in residential schools, where they lost their cultural ways. They became strangers both inside and outside of their homes.

We are responsible for helping our indigenous people break free of their past.

ZUGZWANG

[tsook-tsvahng]

n. a situation where every possible move or decision is a bad one, or one that will result in damage or loss

Everyone has bad days, weeks, months, and/or years, but no one has a bad lifetime. Sometimes you just have to remember all of the positive things in your life, instead of focusing on all the negativity. There is always a light-switch to be found, it’s just a matter of time and patience until you find one.

PANACEA 

[pan-uh-see-uh]

n. solution for all problems

Everyone has problems in their life and no one is absolutely tension free. No matter how big or small these problems may be, we stress, worry, and allow our problems to dig ourselves deeper into a pit of tension. We wind ouselves up to a point where it’s impossible to find a calm way out of a situation. Sometimes we just need to give ourselves a little bit of breathing room, in order to find a solution. No problem comes without a solution, it’s only a matter of time and patience before we figure it out. 

QUIDDITY 

[kwid-ih-tee]

n. the essential nature of something

 Everything and everyone is different and unique in some way. These differences have started to divide people, when in fact they should be uniting us. We forget that without these essential differences our world would be a bland  and boring place. Diversity is something we should embrace because everyone’s and everthing’s differences make them beautiful and needed. 

CODDIWOMPLE

[kod-ee-wom-pul]

v. to travel in a determined manner towards a vague destination

Travelling is the best way to experience the world and its diversity. You get to meet people of different cultures and try new cuisines. It does not matter where you go, as long as you go with an open mind and heart. Dare to try things you haven’t yet and live each moment to the fullest!

COCKAIGNE

[caw-cane]

n. an imaginary land of luxury and idleness

Somedays I wish I could fly off to a neverland of my own, days when I’ve had enough of reality. However, I’m stuck here, a prisioner, against my will. That’s when I draw, or paint, or simply just read. I lose myself in a separate world, a world of imagination.

EFFLORESCE

IMG_2219

[ef-luhres]

v. to burst into bloom

Spring is officially here! With spring comes: showers of pattering rain, adorable rain-boots, enchanting rainbows, blooming flowers, and the return of warm weather (at least in the northern hemisphere). It’s time to once again relish being outdoors!

EQUANIMITY

[ee-kwuhnim-ih-tee]

n. mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in difficult situations

Remaining calm when your world is being rumpled into a worthless ball of paper is extremely difficult. In fact, it feels impossible. However, it is the best possible way to attack a problematic challenge. Facing a situation with a state of an even mental composure, forces you to think about all the possible options available to you, in order for you to pick the best one. While, if you lose your calm it causes you to make a frantic, usually ineffective solution.

ALTRUISM

[al-troo-iz-uhm]

n. behaviour that is helpful to others but clearly requires self-sacrifice

Minor inconveniences—what a pain! What if someone could magically cure these everyday, common ailments. For instance: you are wearing cozy, warm socks and all of a sudden you step into a puddle of water and then BAM, your socks are a soggy mess. What if a hero could deliver you a toasty pair of fresh socks? Or what if you forgot your lunch at home and your tummy won’t quit making angry grumbling sounds? A savior could save the day and deliver you a snack and make you and your stomach very happy. Look out for other people’s minor inconveniences and maybe someone might look out for yours!

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