My word for the year is Explore. Which I am really looking forward to seeing where it leads me. So many ways to explore.
One of my ideas for using my word in 2013, was that I explore words and language, so I am going to be doing a word (or phrase) of the week every Monday. I always enjoy words and thought it might be fun to find interesting words to inspire our week. So every Monday I will share a word that I find in my weekly readings. I don’t know exactly what I will choose each week, and it might not even be anything unusual or difficult, but I hope I can inspire you to learn some new words or pay attention to how words are used. Perhaps I’ll share a passage from a book, or a line from a poem, or a quote. At any rate, I hope you will find a way to use the word of the week in your journaling or art work or everyday life.
This week’s word of the week is ‘gallimaufry’. I have to be honest, I don’t recall ever hearing this word before. But it popped up in the book I am reading right now The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. (And no, I never read it before and I never saw the movie. )
The passage from the book is this:
Every family had a few skeletons in their cupboards, but the Vanger family had an entire gallimaufry of them.
The definition from the American Heritage Dictionary is:
- A jumble; a hodgepodge.
French galimafrée, from Old French galimafree, sauce, ragout : probably galer, to make merry ; see gallant + mafrer, to gorge oneself (from Middle Dutch moffelen, to open one’s mouth wide, of imitative origin)
As with all new things learned, I am positive I will see or hear this word in numerous places this week. Is this a new word for you? Have you used it before? Will you try to use it this week?
Of course, the real question is ‘can you create art around this word’? Come to think of it, isn’t that the real question for everything?
Have a great week!
- Where is Lisbeth Salander’s home? A review of Millennium Tour in Stockholm (brandsandfilms.com)
- Jan 6: Expand Your Vocabulary (loristillman.wordpress.com)
- What will be your word for the year? (bluetwigstudio.wordpress.com)