Each year, new words emerge and old words take on new life. I "geek" out on this sort of thing because I find that we can learn alot by paying attention to the details of our thoughts, words, and actions.
I think so much can be said in just one word (though my word counts would suggest otherwise). It is fascinating to watch a word take on such a life of its own in a given year. I mean who didn't utter or hear the word covfefe (Grammarly just suggested that this is a typo and suggested coffee). I'll admit I chuckled many times at the ridiculousness of it all and the amount of airtime we choose to give to people. BTW, covfefe is one of 14 words on Lake Superior State University’s 43rd Annual List Of Banished Words for 2018.
I was intrigued to learn words named as "2017 word of the year." Three that I am aware of:
- Merriam-Webster word of the year: Feminism
- Dictionary.com word of the year: Complicit
- Oxford Dictionaries word of the year: Youthquake
Over the year, I have become increasingly aware of the words being used in the world and the ones that I choose to use. The words we use do matter. If I had to choose one word that sums up my year, I might say nourish as the mantra "nourish to thrive" was powerful for me. Other words that come to mind: spirit, love, Universe, ease, desire, spacious, climate change, movement, energy, kindness, practice, stillness, and evolving.
I am curious about the words we will breathe life into this year. At times I felt a little beat up by words and I am making it a practice to be much more mindful and selective about the words I use this year.