Alphabet Challenge Day 5
It’s day five (always want to add in the Big Brother house) of my September blogging challenge!
Today’s letter is E
and the subject is the word ENERVATE
I can hear you saying ‘What’s that all about?’ ‘What a weird word to choose.’
The dictionary definition of enervate is wanting in (physical, moral, literay, artistic) vigour. What! Only five days in and she’s lacking in vigour. She’ll never get to the end of September at this rate.
But I haven’t chosen the word because it describes my current state, but because at one time, I used to think it meant the exact opposite! I came home from something one day – a workshop, a meeting, a day out (can’t remember the circumstances) and wrote in my diary ‘Had a fantastic day. Feeling completely enervated.’
What an idiot! I meant exhilarated, stimulated, excited, and I managed to come up with a word meaning the complete opposite.
That’s an extreme example, but it helps show what pesky little things words can be. Sometimes, you think you know the meaning of a word, but if you’re asked to define it, can’t do so precisely. Or you find that it doesn’t mean quite what you thought it did.
Words are a writer’s tools. They are wonderful, magical things that can help you create people, places, stories. They can produce gold dust. Or they can produce dross. Generally, though, it helps if you know what they mean!