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New Words

You know when you stumble upon a word and you suddenly start seeing, saying, and writing it everywhere? When your language repertoire envelops a new word. Not necessarily a word you’ve never used (or known) before, but one that enters with a new frequency and force. You become hyper aware of (and almost embarrassed by) its presence and its sound.

Or maybe I’m the only one this happens to…

This week I’ve come to embrace two new words: illusion and bemoan. I hear myself unintentionally repeating these words; talking about the illusion of the world’s economy or bemoaning the end of a great weekend. I wonder where these words came from, how long they’ll stay, and why they have entered my vocabulary with such force.

Words really are curious things.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to have a conversation about the danger of illusion or bemoan the absence of something in your life, I’m all ears!


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


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