of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
I took Memorial Day off, so I am sharing this new, sad word with you a day late. I hope it will be worth the wait!
Exulansis (ecks-uhl-ants-iss) occurs when you give up trying to talk to someone, even your best friend or parents, and give up because they just don't get it. They can't relate or understand your feelings because it doesn't make sense to them.
The reason I chose exulansis as today's word is because of Memorial Day. A lot of times, soldiers see very, very bad things. Things that give them nightmares or the heebie-jeebies (anxiety and stress). It is often difficult for them to talk about, because most people have not experienced such things and can't imagine it. So the soldier gives up the conversation and keeps it to himself.
This is just one example of exulansis, but it is a good one. If you know a soldier who wants to talk, let them. If you have a friend who lost a dog and you've never had a dog to lose, you should still let them talk about it and listen with a sympathetic ear. Talking about experiences is a way to get them outside of you so they don't do too much damage.
That is all.
If you lost this teddy bear and were very sad and tried to talk to someone about it and they only said, "It's just a teddy bear! Get over it," but you know deep down inside it is so much more to you, you would probably stop trying to tell them and you would experience a severe case of exulansis. Nobody should go through that. Keep trying until you find someone who understands.
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."