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The Logophile

n. a lover of words

ANFRACTUOUS

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[ahn-frak-tuoo-us]

adj. winding or circuitous


Every problem has more than one path to a common solution. Some may take a longer path to solve for x, while some may take a short-cut. It depends upon the comfort level and experience of each individual because we all lead our own unique lives. Understand that everyone is at a different level in life and that we all have our own ways of solving our problems.

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COGITATE

[koh-jih-tate]

v. to think deeply about something


Sometimes we get so stuck in a spot that we forget how to function. All we know in that moment are the difficulties, pain and problems we are facing. It becomes hard to think. It becomes easy to give up. It is the only option we think we have left; but it isn’t. Learn to take a step away from your problems and open your mind to thoughts. Let anything and everything flow through your head-space because you never know what idea could take on the form of a solution.

CACOETHES

[kah-coh-ee-thees]

n. an urge to do something inadvisable


There is a force within us that holds us back from doing inadvisable things. However, a voice in our heads sometimes whispers quiet “what ifs” urging us to do the exact opposite of what we are supposed to, tempting us with dares. Yet, in most cases the force overrules and we remain quietly seated during the most boring of meetings, despite the voice urging us to get up, yell, and be free. Sometimes it’s worth the risk, but other times it’s not and that’s something you have to decide; whether you want to obey the force or listen to the voice.

OMPHALOS

[ohm-fo-luss]

n. the centre or hub of something


We deal with loss in somewhat of a strange manner. We can go for a long period of time without ever giving whatever we have lost a moments worth of our time. However, when it is gone, we focus all our energy on that one object, person, or place. It suddenly becomes a central part of life and we begin to wonder how we will live without it. When we lose something is when we truly realize its value.

PHOSPHENES

projector in the theatre

[fos-fo-nees]

n. the stars and colours you see when you rub your eyes


There is something magical about the time right before we fall asleep and right before we fully awake. It’s a moment of transition between living and dreaming. Almost like crossing a bridge where we are able to pluck some of our best and worst memories and combine them with what ifs and other possibilities. Where we are able to imagine anything we want and let our minds wander.

GROAK

[grow-kh]

v. to stare longingly at at someone who is eating in hope that they will ask you to join them


Food is a significant, if not central, part of most cultures. For example, take the French with all their food related idioms, like: ‘ranconter des salades’ which literally translates to, ‘to tell salads’ and actually means ‘to tell lies’. This may be because food connects people. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are designed to be shared with friends, family, and even pets. Sharing food implies sharing time and stories with others.

SINISTRAL

[sihn-uhs-trahl]

adj. left-handed, or on the left side


There are a myriad of superstitions that have to do with the left side of the body. Most, if not all, of them have negative connotations associated with them. For example, if you get out of bed on the left side, or with the left foot first, then you’ll have a bad day. Even the word ‘sinistral’ sounds like ‘sinister’. Just because the majority of people are right-handed doesn’t mean that they’re better, or luckier, or safer, or more correct than people that are left-handed. We all have two hands and we all use both of our hands. Something as silly as our which hand we use as our dominant hand shouldn’t cause issues between people.

BORBORYGMI

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[bhor-bhor-ihg-my]

n. the rumbling sounds your stomach makes


It terrifies me to think that people everywhere don’t get to eat even one meal a day and have difficulties accessing clean water. We don’t realize how easily we can access these kinds of common necessities, while others struggle to find them. Donate food and toiletries to food banks and shelters because others may depend on them. Also, be kind to those around you because you never know what they’re dealing with.

SCINTILLATE

[sihn-tull-ayht]

v. to emit sparks; to twinkle as the stars


We are all composed of stardust.

With iron flowing through our veins.

Oxygen whirling in our lungs, causing hurricanes.

Carbon forms the basis of our frames.

And calcium is found in our remains.

You are a living universe.

Your light meant to warm and disperse.

 

 

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