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11.12.2010

GEE WHIZ!

My joy and my problem is I love words.  I love the look of them, the sound of them rolling off your tongue and how to use them truly highlighting their meaning.  When you hit on the right word to describe something perfectly, I would guess it's like a major league baseball player connecting to the ball in the exact right way that it flies out of the park.  Or, when a basketball player nets a 3 point shot, you eclipse your best time of running or biking or get the highest score you've ever gotten in bowling.  I was intent upon looking up the word generous in my Webster's dictionary, preparing to write about having a generous spirit.  When leafing through the g's to get to generous, I got side-tracked and began reading (I read the dictionary much like others read a book).  On the left side of one page sprang the words; geek, gee and gee whiz.  The column next to it, explaining Gemini and geminate.  Do you know the way in which we use the word geek is not exactly the real definition of it which reads; "a carnival performer often billed as a wild man whose act usually includes biting the head off a live chicken or snake."  I immediately think that definition of geek is more clearly a picture of Ozzy Osborne in his early years than what we might view a geek as.  We have scaled that definition back - our geek is not a performer of sorts, but would be though a bit eccentric, not quite in the popular group so to speak, and, having tendencies of strangeness.  We removed "wild" as part of our definition and exchanged "peculiar" instead.  Yes, believe it or not gee, not the definition for a thousand dollars or as a verb meaning to turn directions to the left or right or move ahead as spoken to a horse, is in the dictionary.  Gee, in the "what in the world" declaration is defined specifically as, "an expletive to express surprise or enthusiasm."   I'm wondering if the horses know in which context we are saying "gee" to them:)  Who doesn't love the 1950's hit show "Leave It To Beaver"!  Beaver, the younger brother, is known in the show for his catch phrase of "Golly gee whiz Wally!", spoken to his older brother Wally multiple times in every episode.  Adding the whiz to gee creates a definition that says, "arousing wonder , to amplify the merits or significance of something, wide-eyed enthusiasm."  Gee whiz holds a depth that we never have fully utilized in our era.  Maybe it's time to bring that phrase back to popularity:)  Gemini is the third zodiacal constellation representing in Greek mythology the twins Castor and Pollux.  Castor is immortal and Pollux mortal (Don't get lost in the illogicalness of that.  Thus the word mythology.)  When Pollus died Castor begs Zeus to let them both become immortal.  They are placed in the sky as a constellation.  I love the word geminate which means, "to become double or paired - arranged in pairs".  The story behind that word makes the definition more rich and it paints a story when used.  That's why I love words.  I never did make it to "generous".

1 comment:

  1. Holy Crap Big L...this post kept me riveted, eyes did not cross at the end.........
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    Is it safe to come out yet? I fell asleep in class...

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