Thursday, October 20, 2005

My Andy Rooney Impression

Have you ever noticed words? I mean, how words can become popular. You see them and read (I hope!) all over the place...but some words are more popular than others. And I am referring to the written word, as opposed to popular catch phrases - that's a whole other topic.

In the late 80s, it was synergy. I even know composers who used it in their titles!

n. pl. syn·er·gies
The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.
Cooperative interaction among groups, especially among the acquired subsidiaries or merged parts of a corporation, that creates an enhanced combined effect.

Then in the 90s, we had paradigm. You couldn't open the New Yorker or hear a newscast that didn't use paradigm in their analysis or report.
One that serves as a pattern or model.
A set or list of all the inflectional forms of a word or of one of its grammatical categories: the paradigm of an irregular verb.
A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline.

These days, the popular word is ebullient.
Zestfully enthusiastic.
Boiling or seeming to boil; bubbling.

Here's an interesting link: Most Used Words

And, every link you'd ever want about grammar and words: Grammar Resource

And you thought this was a blog site just about sexy violinists!

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