Now, that’s a word

Exquisite.  Now, there’s a word.

“The weather was exquisite over the final three days of competition.”

After we huddled around our TV all weekend to watch the Masters, that’s the word my husband used to describe the conditions for golf’s tournament of tournaments.

I can read your mind.  I can.

You’re thinking, “I’ll bet she laughed long and hard over Gary’s choice of adjectives.”

I did not.

I admit “exquisite” gave me pause.  I repeated the word in in my mind.

Exquisite.   It’s a term I don’t often hear.  I’d venture to say it’s nearly extinct in America.  Too bad.

Exquisite. Gary used it to describe the weather.  I can’t think of a better one-word adjective for the long, lush, tree and azalea-lined fairways at Augusta National.

Exquisite implies an exceptional kind of beauty or a rare and fascinating brilliance.  A diamond, a meal, personal taste and a golf course—yes, all can be exquisite.

Exquisite suggests splendor.  Splendor is splendid.

Splendid.  Now, there’s a word.  Like exquisite, it gets little use in this country.  When the word pops into my head, splendid is always pronounced with a British accent.

Great Britain’s splendid is America’s awesome.

On the lists of what’s hot and what’s not, exquisite and splendor and splendid fall under what’s not hot.  All three words are listed in every dictionary—even Urban Dictionary, the lexicon for all who are cool and up to date.

No one looks up exquisite, splendor or splendid.  No one but me, that is.

Voluntold.  Now, there’s a word.

Urban Dictionary highlights a new word each day.  That’s how I came across “voluntold.”

MS-Word doesn’t like “voluntold.”

The second I type the letters, Word underlines “voluntold” in red-flag-red—“Warning, Will Robinson!”

It underlines the word even when I place it in the safe space between quotations marks.

Every time I type “voluntold,” I feel closer to driving my word processing software to the edge of a breakdown.

Voluntold is not exquisite.  Splendor is not its synonym.  One would not say that voluntold is a splendid word.

According to Urban Dictionary, “voluntold” means forcibly volunteered (only forcibly is misspelled “forciby” in the definition). It goes on to say, ““A task that was once voluntary has now been ordered to you.”

The misspelling is easily explained.  Like Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary accepts words submitted by you, me, and anyone else.  Anyone else misspelled f-o-r-c-i-b-l-y.

Voluntold is not, like exquisite, splendor or splendid, an established word.  It’s not exactly new either.

Voluntold is a nontraditional word, submitted in 2003.  MS-Word still doesn’t recognize it and Urban Dictionary is just getting around to highlighting it.

I perused other “new” words in Urban Dictionary and came upon “work.”  Hmmmm.

According to the dictionary of hip, the top definition for “work” is “a place where people have to go everyday to get paid.  Also known as ‘hell.’”

Using the words “getting paid” and “hell” in the same sentence is a literal definition for “contradiction.”

To me, getting paid falls into the exquisite, splendor, splendid categories.  Getting paid after going to work spells a job well done and money to pay bills and buy new stuff.

I decided to experiment with Urban Dictionary and submitted the term, “sensory overload mode.”  Definition:  “Overwhelmed, on edge, flipped out.”

When asked to provide a sentence using the term in context, I should have written, “All this talk about words and definitions has thrown me into sensory overload mode.”

While I wait to hear whether “sensory overload mode” will be accepted or rejected, I plan to focus on resurrecting solid, splendid, and exquisite words—words overflowing in splendor.


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