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Writer's Block: What a wonderful word

What is your favorite word, and why?
I've never actually answered one of these (though I do consider it from time to time), but I do have a favorite word that needs to be used more often.  So here it is.

Defenestration - The act of throwing someone or something out the window. 

Come on.  Admit it.  It's an awesome word.  And the Doctor totally needs to do it to the Master at some point (or vice versa) when one or the other just gets frustrated with each other.  Especially if it's just like when my Mother defenestrated her cousin.  It was outside the first story window into the snow. 

Also, in second place, "fwa."  No, it's not actually a word.  But it sort of "megaphones out of the mouth" as a friend of mine once described it.  It's basically a statement of how awesome one is.  Example: "Fwa.  I just finished a brilliant fic!" 

So as not to waste space, I thought I'd also ask something I've been mulling over for a while.  Does anyone know a good place to get lj journal styles?  I particularly like warm colors (reds and browns) and steam punk-ish styles, if you guys know of any.  I've gotten kind of use to this sort of layout though...  Also, I need a Brigadier icon.  Like, seriously.  Need is an understatement.  So if anyone knows where I could find a few of those and who I give the credit to making them, I would much appreciate it. 

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narwhale_callin
Oct. 16th, 2011 06:33 pm (UTC)
It is an awesome word. I specifically remember learning it when I learned about the Defenestration of Prague. :D

One of my favorite words is:

Cynosure:
(n)
1. center of attention: the center of admiration, attention, or attraction
2. guide: somebody or something acting as a guide or used for direction

Etymology: [Late 16th century. Via Latin Cynosura "Ursa Minor" (which contains Polaris) < Greek kunosoura, literally "dog's tail"]

Basically, it's one of my favourite words because of how I discovered its etymology. When I first learned it in high school vocab lessons, I only knew it under its first definition. But years later, I looked it up again in a dictionary, saw that its etymology came from something meaning "dog's tail," made the biggest WTF face, and hunted down the reason why. In my hunting, I found out that not only was Cynosura an older name for Polaris, the North Star, but that in ancient Greece the constellation known as Ursa Minor was actually a dog instead of a bear. Which makes sense because I've always wondered why they had this bear constellation with a huge long tail--it was originally a dog! So, thus, that is why "cynosure" also has that second definition which I discovered later, since it relates to the North Star.

And then, I became so obsessed with this word I wrote both a one-act play and a sonnet about it. Because I'm THAT much of a nerd.

ETYMOLOGY AND ASTROLOGY, YEAH!

I'm afraid I can't help you with finding new LJ styles or icon thingies. I'm pretty useless when it comes to those things.
dragonofmemory
Oct. 16th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
Hm. That is another good word for the Doctor and the Master. XD

It's all good. I once spent a whole afternoon on the OED doing research for a paper. And I enjoyed it.

I do miss the OED. T_T Why must you be so expensive, subscription!

Sadness. Well, hopefully someone else will be able to help me on those. Until then I shall play with the Monster at the End of the Book app on my mother's iPad. Because it is awesome and worth stealing her iPad for.

Edited at 2011-10-16 06:48 pm (UTC)
ba1126
Oct. 16th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
I can't believe it!! Two other people used my favorite word!! My kids in high school loved to use it: when an annoying person bugged or insulted them, they would say "Go defenestrate yourself!!"
dragonofmemory
Oct. 16th, 2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
Heh. It just shows how awesome the word really is.
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