5 Jan 2013

The joy of a word: Quiddity.

seashore 2

I love to collect words.  The funnier they sound, the more antiquated or the more sesquipedalian (having many syllables!!) the better.  Did you know, for example, the collective noun for a group of weasels is a Boogle?  I mean, firstly, what an amazing word?!  But, secondly, who the heck even came up with that word and got it set in stone?

I found a really special word this weekend, Quiddity; the essential nature or quality of something (or someone) that makes it different from other things.  The sea has a different quiddity from the woods and my quiddity is as different from all of yours as yours are different from the rest of the world.

Isn't that a nice thought for a dreary Saturday?


And to those lovely three people (ReneeLouise and Oleahwho nominated me for one of those Liebster Award things, thank you.  I apologise for being the Scrooge at the party - I always mean to answer these questions and join in the linking but then I get as far as coming up with two interesting facts about myself and then get stuck and grouchy and write about something else instead.
Hence this post on Quiddity.  


  1. Replies
    1. I quite like it - although now I have typed/said it too often it just sounds weird..

  2. That's an awesome word! Although I can't help but think of Quidditch :)


  3. Wow . . . that photo of the sunset is gorgeous!

    I've nominated you for the Liebster Award! http://iwishispokelatinandgerman.blogspot.com/2013/01/liebster-award.html

    Keep up the awesome blogging! :)

  4. I've never met anyone else who collects words!! I even have a word notebook haha.


    1. Oh, I need to be more organised - I am terrible for writing 'words to remember' (as well as to-do-lists and important phone numbers) on scraps of paper and leaving them in unlikely places...

  5. What a lovely word! One of my favorite words is petrichor: it means the smell of the ground after rain. I love it.

    1. I can't believe there is a word for that, that is wonderful. Thank you :)

  6. I just found your blog and just wanted to tell you that I really like it. Your photos are great.

    Also, I really like the word mellifluous, meaning, smooth, sweet, and flowing. it just sounds like something flowy, and comes from the word for honey.