18 February 2017

Some lovely old words ...

Ex libris FatScribe
Just thought I'd share some of the words I've been collecting over the last few years.  When I have to look up a definition, or if I especially like the sound of a word, I'll jot them down in one of several journals I have desk-side here at FatScribe South (San Diego).  The one thing I absolutely adore and am so thankful to God for, is that both my kids love words (and concepts) and can deconstruct a sentence or a film, a photo or a book and really find the subtext, the sub rosa meanings in chosen words, images, layers, and even the sequence of scenes or placement of objects as shared by a director, author, or photographer with us, their audience. There's nothing like a smart creative paying homage to us, their muse, n'est pas?  Especially when we "get it."  And a double especially when our progeny and brood pick up on these little hidden Easter eggs and meanings and double entendres within a piece, written or otherwise.

Quick note: for my take on books, have a read here: Eleven in '11 ... No. 2 (books)

I stumbled upon a favorite "talky" film from 1987 that I thoroughly enjoyed when it was first released, and that I purchased on YouTube (Google) several years ago to show my sons.  84 Charing Cross Road is a film with lots of books, fountain pens, and great actors, viz., Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, Judy Dench and Mercedes Ruehl.  The film is based upon Helene Hanff's life and her epistolary relationship with Mr. FPD (see photo, infra) of Marks and Co.  There are no explosions. No CGI. No sexy-sexy time with shades of gray or gory-gory time with pools of red.  Just -- as our 44th president said in an infamous speech -- "words, just words." I love those words.  The Bible says, "In the beginning was the Word ..." and I've always appreciated that construct of channeling revelation to man via those words. I cherish them, and have tried to transfer that love to my Creole/Cajun boys and they do, cherish them that is. Thank you, Lord, for that.

I call the particular journal that I use to track words in "Heuristica," and it's where I work out little problems, ideas, meanings of certain turns of phrase, as well as these words that follow for your enjoyment if you're a fellow wordsmith, sesquipedalian or lover of all things related to the word.
84 Charing Cross Road, an Anglophile's dream

For example, try some of these on for size:

  • Fecundity -- An ability to produce large amount of offspring; fertile
  • Panglossian -- Overly optimistic 
  • Concomitant -- Naturally accompanying 
  • Factotum -- A handyman, assistant
  • Depredation -- Plunder
  • Mendacious -- Lying
  • Sidle -- Walk up to in an unobtrusive manner
  • Provenance -- Authenticate authorship
  • Burnish -- to polish up
If you're like me, Dear Reader, you're constantly placing marginalia throughout your own personal library. My kids know I've read many of my books "ex libris Jg." because when they open them, they notice my chicken scratch is filled throughout these tomes in the form of so many exclamation marks for really good points, or where I offer my own better points or word choices (he said humbly), or simply tangential thoughts with references to other works by other writers to complement and compliment (words ... love 'em).

Then there are these other words to consider that are found within the velvet cover of The Heuristica of FatScribe over the last few years:

  • Hoary -- Old, trite or washed-out 
  • Patois -- Vernacular of a people (creole)
  • Twee -- Overly sentimental; sweet, sappy, saccharine
  • Erstwhile -- Former (in the past)
  • Enervate -- To cause to lose power; drained
  • Sublimate -- Divert or modify to become more acceptable
  • Arriviste -- Ruthlessly self-seeking, ambitious person
  • Internecine -- Destructive to both sides in a rivalry
  • Recondite -- Abstruse, little known
  • Preening -- Clean one's feathers; upright; straight
  • Wabi-sabi -- Japanese simplicity, clean 
  • Sturm & Drang -- Storm & stress; drama
I won't go into too much more detail here, just wanted to share with you all some of the words found on about 30 or so pages in this 200 page journal. I'm sure we'll fill it up someday, maybe not soon, but soon enough. As always, thanks for the visit.

06 January 2017

Garden and Gun ... Excellent website

Had to share this today because of the amazing jealousy I have regarding this fantastically (seemingly) well run, designed, and branded website over at www.GardenAndGun.com.  They cover food, sport, travel, and well, the South.  First noticed their physical magazine at my local Barnes and Noble in Westlake Village (where Patrick Warburton was browsing magazines next to yours truly).

As one who has branded, published and helped to publish dozens of websites since 1995, I just adore a website with a wonderful voice, unique differentiated culture, and a bit of whimsy for all things Southern.  I lived in Virginia during grad and law school, and had I stayed I'd most likely still be married (at least according to my ex 4 years after we divorced)!  Perhaps that's why sepia tinted filters cover my memories like so much kudzu in an abandoned antebellum manse? Pro'ly.

I wish these cats at Garden&Gun Godspeed on their endeavors.  Pay them a visit and see for yourself.