March 2015 | In Wonderfully Peculiar Words


Oh, March, will I ever like you? It seems the only months I'll every truly enjoy are those that end with '-uary' or '-ber'. And, despite the fact I seem to judge months and weekdays on a linguistic basis (e.g. I prefer Thursdays to Sundays for the simple fact 'Thursday' sounds a lot better), I can honestly say I dislike March for both its content and how it sounds. The reason for this March-related hatred being the fact it largely revolved around schoolwork, mock exams and revision. (Which, in my opinion, is a pretty sound reason for disliking a month).

Petrichor:
tHE SCENT OF RAIN ON DRY EARTH.
Earlier this month I read a novel entitled  PERFUME: THE STORY OF A MURDERER, which, unsurprisingly, explores smell. Smell is not a sense I've ever fully appreciated, yet Patrick Süskind's lavish (albeit morbid) descriptions of various aromas enlightened me to its beauty. And so, as an ode to all the fleeting and fickle scents of this world, here's my favourite: the scent of rain on dry earth.

Paracosm:
a detailed imaginary world created by a child that includes human, animal, or alien creations.
When I discovered this word,  I couldn't help but offer a wistful smile. I was a child of many paracosms – too many to count, let alone remember. And now, as I spend each day encircled by the harsh reality of revision, I can't help but look upon these years I spent in these paracosms, and gleefully await their return. “Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they've all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.” – Neil Gaiman

Nyctophilia:
Love of darkness or night; findin relaxation or comfort in darkness.
Perhaps when you were younger, your parents would look upon you with a faint shadow of amusement (and a light-hearted shake of the head), and refer to you as a "night owl" or "early bird". (I, myself, was both – but that's another story). Nowadays I still channel the "night owl" within; for me, there's no better time to write or read, than when moonlight offers its cold embrace.

Adoxography:
Beautiful writing on a subject of little or no importance.
As a reader, I've always felt compelled by intricate plot lines and detailed character development, in the same way I've always worshipped the profound meanings of words. That said, I realised this month that I have a real love for flowery and wonderfully pointless prose. I just adore it.

Offing:
The deep, distant stretch of ocean visible from land; the foreseeable future.
'Offing' wasn't necessarily a word I planned to include in this post – after all, it doesn't directly relate to March, but rather the months that lie ahead. And yet, it's such a fantastically introspective word, I couldn't help but want it to be included. After all, when I look out towards the deep, distant stretch of ocean, what is it I see? (Admittedly, a load of exams – but, eh, let's ignore that for a now).

How was March to you?
Blog posts written: REVIEW: All My Friends Are Superheroes, On Reading For Pleasure, 1 // All the Books
Books read this month: The Five People You Meet In Heaven, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His years of Pilgrimage, The Name of the Rose, The Rehearsal

6 comments:

  1. Things I love:

    1. Petrichor-It's such a refreshing, earthy smell! Also freshly cut grass. :D
    2. THESE POSTS.
    3. Purple Prose and Verse Novels - I can't get enough of beautiful words!

    EXAMS-Ah, well. Good luck with those, Ruby. :)

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    1. Aw thank you Nuzaifa! Petrichor is definitely the best. :)

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  2. I have always liked March. It’s the beginning of the colder seasons for us, it’s my birthday month, it’s always seemed rather… special. A magical, in between kind of month. And I mean, April is amazing because of chocolates, for me. Amazing.
    March signals the wearing of gloves and a return of hot water bottles and tea at all hours, and I always look back and think about my accomplishments and hopes, and it’s special.

    I was, and am still, I think, a human of Paracosm. It’s somehting I’m unconsciously passionate about, I’d say.

    Happy April! I hope it’s more delightful for you than March was. Xx

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    1. For us it's the end of the cold! (Well, not really, considering it's cold all year round in Britain). Thank you Romi! I hope you have a lovely April too!

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  3. I'm struggling with all things exams right now. It's so stressful! I despise exam time - mainly because I find it very hard to sit down and study. -.- Good luck with all of yours! & I love how you always introduce me to loads of new words. ;D

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    1. Ah same here. I doubt I'll have any time to blog. And yay – glad you liked the post! :)

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