Sunday, September 20, 2009

For the Love of Words



I have varied creative moments that run the gambit from slogans made to help market a company to songs, stories, poems, and little odes such as the one written on this diary opener.

Words

Words. Love 'em, think about 'em. They pop into my head at random times and I've started to write things down in a little notebook that I carry with me. The little book started as a way of tracking my food and exercise log. Then it grew to include my daily work log (I'm a contractor and get paid through my company, AWW*


*Kudos for those who remember what the name of my company is. HINT: My company's motto is We provide internet magic everyday - the web presence specialists.

Okay, back to my original point - Words

A word pops into your head. [You may or may not know the definition or meaning of the word]. Maybe you do know how to properly use and pronounce the word (reminds me of a story…but I digress).

How about fun words like those that imitate the sound associated with them like buzz (which is an onomatopoeia).

Ever play a game of making up definitions for words that pop into your head? Well, yesterday I was talking my hubby about something and used the word doodad. A doodad is an unnamed or nameless thing, gadget trinket etc.

Well, how about creating a list of things that doodad could be to you? Me? First thing I thought of was a list of things for a father to fix, work on, accomplish for a friend or family member.

EXAMPLE: “Sorry Harry, I can’t have a beer with you tonight ‘cause I promised the misses I’d knock out a few things for her on the old ‘Do Dad’ list.”

Made up Words
My favorites are: slather and kernt.

Slather is a liberal, generous application of a substance (editable or not). “She slathered an enormous quantity of peanut butter onto her toasted English muffin.”

Kernt is a sound effect that is often associated with an abrupt stop to a motion.

“Pascale was speeding along at 90 MPH when he quickly applied his brakes, resulting in the immediate and unmistakable sound KERNT!”

Entertaining Tidbit (i.e. my random blog ending

Q: What makes holes in Swiss cheese?

A: Well, according to Dr. Gourmet (at drgourmet.com):
Like yogurt, cheese is made by adding live bacteria to milk. The resulting fermentation gives off gasses and it is the bacteria that is used in making Swiss cheese that is responsible for the large holes. One of the three bacteria used in Swiss cheese is Propionibacter shermani. For some reason this bacteria makes the cheese's distinctive larger holes.

Once P. shermani and other bacteria are added to the milk mixture it is warmed and bubbles of carbon dioxide form. The bubbles come together to create the large holes. In the cheese industry the holes are called "eyes."

Interestingly, USDA regulations state that the holes in Swiss cheese must be between 11/16 and 13/16 inches in diameter.

What fun thing do you like to do with words?

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