of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
I am a nefelibata (neh-fih-lee-bah-tah). And guess what. It might just be contagious. But, that's OK. It's a pleasure to be one. This is a fun word that comes from Portugal. It means "cloud walker" or someone who lives and walks in the clouds of their dreams and imagination. When I go to the store, I look at people around me and dream up lives for them. I write in my imagination almost all the time I'm awake, and even sometimes in my sleep. More than one of my stories has come to me in a dream, either when I'm awake or asleep. But being a nefelibata only really refers to my waking hours. How many of you are nefelibatas?
This surrealist picture is from Robyn Porteen, a brilliant artist and photographer.
It does a great job of portraying a nefelibata walking the clouds
of their own imagination. I love it! This is her website.
Sanguine (sang-gwen) is another one of those words with multiple meanings. On the surface, it means blood-red, which kind of makes it sound less than nice. But, it has another meaning, which is more commonly used, and that is to describe someone who is bright, optimistic, and cheerful, even in the worst of circumstances.
Sanguine people are also sometimes called "Pollyannas" and said to always look through "rose-colored glasses" which kind of goes back to the whole red thing. A person who is sanguine would look at everything as a potential blessing. They are usually lovely to be around, because they always see the positive side of things.
A juxtaposition (jux-tih-poe-zih-shun) would consist of two very different things placed side-by-side to show their contrast. If someone served you a sour dill pickle next to a sweet ice cream sandwich, they would have served you a juxtaposition on a plate. When you see a cat playing nicely with a mouse, that would be a visual juxtaposition. Someone whispering in a loud room would be an auditory juxtaposition.
Pandemonium (pan-duh-moan-ee-um) means chaos, noisy ruckus, bedlam, rumpus, and other fun words. If you are making a lot of noise while your parent is on the phone, they might put their hand over the receiver and say, "Stop that pandemonium right this instant! I'm on the phone!"
You might also see pandemonium as you are riding around town. Peaceful protesting can turn to pandemonium and then it would be called a riot.
Angry Riot (Protest turned to pandemonium)
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."