thursday thursday. late june 2012


passion for words. in meaning in pattern in feel in and out of context.

ca·dence  (kdns)

n. pl. ca·denc·es

1. Balanced, rhythmic flow, as of poetry or oratory.
2. The measure or beat of movement, as in dancing or marching.

3.a. A falling inflection of the voice, as at the end of a sentence.b. General inflection or modulation of the voice.

4. Music A progression of chords moving to a harmonic close, point of rest, or sense of resolution.

[Middle English, from Old French *cadence, from Old Italian cadenza, from Vulgar Latin *cadentia, a falling, from Latin cadns, cadent-, present participle of cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.]

our daughter has fallen in love with a word.  her first real word crush.  at least to my knowledge.  (and she has informed us that we do not know everything about her.  there is a lot to her that is only for her to know.  she tells me this, at age nine no less.  i love  it.)

but back to cadence.  it’s wonderful!  until she got used to the way it sounded she would ask me at least twice daily “what is that word again?”  and i would tell her and she would happily, quietly repeat it a couple times.

it’s been really amazing to witness…i mean.  i love words.  sometimes for the sound, sometimes for the meaning, and sometimes just for the sheer look of it.  my very favorite word is my favorite word mostly for the look of it, with a dash of admiration for the meaning.

ma·ieu·tic  (m-ytk, m-) also ma·ieu·ti·cal (-t-kl)


Of or relating to the aspect of the Socratic method that induces a respondent to formulate latent concepts through a dialectic or logical sequence of questions.
[Greek maieutikos, from maieuesthaito act as midwife, from maiamidwife, nurse; see m-2 in Indo-European roots.]

i love it because of all the VOWELS.

and i struggle with vowels.  i think it’s due to my mother’s heavy heavy boston accent and then moving to the midwest for my formative years.  vowels became completely interchangable for me…any of them could potentially make any of the other’s sound.  i remember trying to spell drawer once.  and all i could come up with was draugh.  no matter which way i spun it.  i was old enough to follow most rules of grammar and there was no way i could eke out, from my brain, something that looked and sounded correct.  and such a simple word.

so you know.  pahk you cah in hahvahd yahhhd.  not that she ever really said that.  more like –  eat an eahhh of cahn. (can you get that one?  and my mom LOVED corn on the cob so i heard that a lot.)  her accent mellowed (some) after ten years in the midwest.  but drawer was forever and always drah.  which i knew wasn’t right.  so i tried to extend it.  draugh.  i had to go to the dictionary after a good (and humiliating) ten minutes of frustration.

1 a boxlike storage compartment without a lid, made to slide horizontally in and out of a desk, chest, or other piece of furniture.

ok.  on that note.  cadence.  maieutic.  drawer.  there’s a connection there.  see?

hol’e carp.  i’m listing to dick dale on pandora and mixed in the station is some old james bond theme music.  i could go for a tongue and cheek james bond marathon.  and the flint movies mixed in, too.