When I think back on my life as a young homeschooler (oh, that’s why she’s so weird…), I don’t recall very fondly spelling tests or “using words in a sentence”. It seems odd now, considering my love of grammar and rules. But there was something so tedious about having to come up with a random context for an unfamiliar word, in addition to spelling it correctly. One day, my mom asked my sister, Julie, to use a word in a sentence. Let’s say the word was “annihilate”. Julie promptly wrote down the following sentence, fulfilling all the requirements of my mom’s vocabulary quiz demands: “‘Annihilate!’, yelled the girl.'”
It was brilliant. For a moment, a whole new world of “using a word in a sentence” was opened to us. Until my mom came in swiftly and refined the rules. She did make Julie find another way to use annihilate in a sentence, and Julie did try “‘Annihilate”, whispered the girl'” before getting serious (our poor mother). From that point on, we just had to work a little bit harder at our creativity.
Perhaps it is debatable whether or not we have enough words in the English language, but I recently had a notion to see if I could make up a few of my own. I guess you could say that in my post-formal-student life, I have been able to combine the necessity of learning new words, and the free-will of my sister to take control of matters in a little exercise. I have taken the liberty to invent some new words that define a few common feelings, with their corresponding usages in a sentence, and I would like to try them out here first, on you all, if that’s okay. Here they are:
Bibliogret [BIB-lee-oh-gret] n.: The awful feeling that you will never have enough time to read all the books you want to read in your one short life.
Cecilia gazed longingly at the bookshelves lining her living room walls, and was filled once more with the sad feeling of bibliogret that made her want to crawl under her covers and cry, and paint a picture with her tears.
Settlegate [SET-tul-gate] v.: The action of surrender when you recognize you will not be able to recover the comfortable position you were just sitting in after you sat up to do something briefly.
His disgust was apparent when he was forced to retrieve the remote control from across the room, and subsequently settlegate.
Ephnesia [Yoof-NAY-zha] n.: The moment in which the list of crucial things you have to do before you allow yourself the luxury of crawling into bed becomes a perfectly good list for tomorrow morning.
Despite the fact that she had only written the first paragraph of her 25-page-paper due the following day, Felicia was suddenly overcome by the relieving feeling of euphnesia which allowed her to go to bed peacefully.
Gastroception [GASTRO-sep’-shun] n.: The often undetected justification that takes place in your mind between the bite of food where you realize you are full, and the next one.
As Michael lifted the fork piled with stuffing and turkey into his mouth, he continued chatting with his second cousin as gastroception came and went and the smell of pumpkin pie wafted in from the kitchen.
What do you think? Do you find any of these to be helpful? Feel free to share your own sentences with one of these words, or make up your own new word in the comment section! Always remember, school can be fun.