I was shocked when I read the article. I would've never guessed that the English language had almost a million words.
I'm guessing I use around two thousand of them. Thousands more are probably floating around in my head somewhere, but I can't snag one when I need it.
I'm always using the same words over and over, like "wow" and "cute" and "really." I mean really, should "really" even be a word? I desperately want something to replace it, but nothing says "Really!" like, "Really!"
I need to go word shopping and pick up a few fresh ones, being that there are so many to choose from. It's not like I have to venture out on a rainy day to word shop. I don't have to stash words in my trunk, haul them in my house and then search for an empty space to stuff them.
Words don't take up any space. Of course, they do take up valuable brain space, but I think they're worth it. I can always toss out a few, old overused words and make room for the new ones. One can never have too many words.
So, I dug out my "Million-Dollar Words" book and went shopping. I found "ken" - not to be confused with Barbie's boyfriend; A "ken" is an area of expertise. Someday, I hope I can say that my kens are writing, travel, the stock market, napping... I could go on, but I'll stop there.
As with words, one can never have too many kens.
How about this: the next time you're at a party with your "kith," one of my new word finds meaning "friends," you can ask them if they have any new kens.
And when you meet new kith, you can ask them, "What's your ken?" That alone should start a conversation.
OK now, I really hope you didn't think my article was jejune, (Zhi-Zhoon). Boy, was I glad they provided the pronunciation for that one. If you don't know what "jejune" means, because I didn't, I hope I've inspired you to pull out your dictionary and look it up. And when you do, I hope you'll think my column was a long way from being jejune.