Words of the Week – Twitterpated vs Atrabilious



Twitterpated

Are you feeling twitterpated today?  Or are you feeling frabjous?

These two words popped up on Dictionary.com last week and immediately caught my eye.  Before I looked up their meanings I tried to guess.  Could twitterpated mean a ‘twitter overload’ and frabjous something along the lines of a new fruit juice?

No.   Twitterpated means excited or overcome by romantic feelings, and frabjous means fabulous or joyous.  How wonderful!

I delved further and discovered that both of these wonderful words have associations with joyous Disney movies – even better!  In Bambi, Friend Owl tells Bambi that ‘nearly everybody gets twitterpated in springtime’ (I must remember to say it next spring).  And, in Lewis Carrol’s ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ (soon to be a Disney movie), the Jabberwock sings ‘O frabjous Day!’.

Wonderful wonderful words …. words

Exploring these two words has reminded me how wonderful words can be, and how grateful I am for being able to string words together, for the benefit of others, for my freelance working.  I am a web content writer and use words to promote others’ businesses on the web.

Apparently, according to Pareto’s 80/20 principle, we can get by on knowing 2,500-3000 words for us to be able to read and understand 90-95% of everyday texts and conversations.  This seems a bit sad considering all the wonderful words out there in the English language that we don’t use, let alone that perhaps we don’t know even exist.

So, I’ve decided, every time a new word pops up on Dictionary.com that I like, I’m going to make a BIG effort to write it down, enjoy it as much as I can, and use it to my heart’s content in both writing and speech.

For ‘words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind’ (Rudyard Kipling).