Monday, November 16, 2009

Word Lover

I'm always excited when I learn a new word. It's the height of geekiness, isn't it? I'm also fascinated when I realize I didn't know the correct meaning for a certain word.

Today's word I mistakenly thought meant new was noir. For those like me, didn't know it or have it right, it means "Of or relating to a genre of crime literature featuring tough, cynical characters and bleak settings."


Maybe I was thinking of the word neo. No. Not of the Matrix. It means "recent or new."

Now after that lesson, why do I believe it's time for little muppets to come dancing out of the shadows?


Christine said...

Doesn't noir mean black in French?
I am having trouble keeping up with Anglais words at this point LOL.

Cari Hislop said...

I think its fascinating how our brains distort words...or sees what it thinks it should see. When I was teenager reading historical romances one day I was telling my sister (two years younger) about something in the book I was reading and I happened to mention a phantom (a fast four wheeled vehicle for two - pulled by a horse) My sister looked at me and said, "What are you talking about?"
I said, "phantom...they're riding in a phantom!" And she gave me another look that clearly questioned my intelligence and said, "It's a phaeton Cari, not a phantom." I was quite irritated at her presumption and tried to protest...but of course she was right. It was right there in black and white. I felt really stupid, but it taught me to question what I think I'm seeing.

What I find really irritating is how I somehow manage to remember simple pieces of information all wrong. This wrong piece of info then imbeds itself in my brain waiting for a chance to be used and when I use it invariably someone will point it out...of course...and I'll sit there did I even think that? How did I remember the wrong date for THAT? Oh well...maybe I should just be grateful that other people remember things more correctly.

Gwen Hernandez said...

Yep, noir in French means black, but I think someone borrowed it for film noir to describe the mood of it or something.

Carla: I love learning new words and meanings. And, I almost always see that word again in a million places right after I learn it.

Jeanie said...

I love words, too. I can't write without a dictionary and a thesaurus by my computer. And if I'm unsure about something I google it! Isn't it great we have all these resources today as writers?

Carla Swafford said...

Yes, Christine, noir means black in French. But one thing about many words in Americanized English, it's used in a different way here. :-)

Carla Swafford said...

Oh, Cari, I understand so well. Another word, (French again) I messed up was rendezvous. I had the correct meaning in my head, but I mispronounced it as Renaissance. LOL!

Carla Swafford said...

Me too, Gwen. Another is procrastination. I never knew there was a word for what I do at times. Since then I've seen it on birthday cards.

Carla Swafford said...

Don't know what I would do without the internet, Jean. Makes life so much easier.

NCIS's episode tonight reminded me what it was like before it existed. No thank you. LOL!

M.V.Freeman said...

Love words...and Noir..I like that!