There are over one million words in the English language, by some estimates, many downright quirky. Take jive for example, a noun, verb, and/or adjective. It could describe swing music, early jazz. As a verb it could be used to describe dancing, teasing, or exaggerated, meaningless talk — Don’t give me that jive.
And it sure sound cool. No wonder Brian Setzer took Louie Prima’s song Jump Jive An’ Wail to another jazzy level.
I love words. I love finding authors who aren’t afraid to experiment with language, use rare words in their writing — Ted Bell, for one, not to mention the writers of the Beat Generation, way back.
When writing, when immersed in everyday moments, thinking of interesting words and terms is positively groovy. Decorating the mind with attractive, note-worthy terms fires up the neurons in a hurry.
If language is uniquely human, painting with words is art. It’s part of why we blog, isn’t it? Aside from sharing stories, sure. We share through a multitude of words, strung together ever so beautifully, in hopes of evoking a feeling, sharing knowledge, taking the reader to a jiving place.
Any words you find groovy, please feel free to share.
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