The Washington Post puts on the Style Invitational -- a weekly contest involving words. It's a word-nerd favorite. The classic example: change a single letter in an existing word to create a useful new word, such as "reintarnation."
Reintarnation = when you die and come back as a hillbilly.
I'm a little stung that some of my better entries haven't won. For instance, in "Children's Books that Will Never Get Published Contest" I'm still sold on Bi-Curious George. My Pop/Poet mash-up of T.S. "Misdemeanor" Eliot ("Ash Wednesday" + "Move It") should have earned me at least a Style Invitational Loser coffee-cup, but no. My genius continues unrecognized.
I woke in a Style Invitational mood, pondering the words latitude and altitude. High altitude. Changes in latitude. They sort of mean the same thing, these twin words -- a measure of some degree of distance from a set point -- even though one derives from alto (height) and the other latus (width).
And there's attitude, originally referring to posture but which came from "aptitude" and the Latin "aptus" meaning "joined, fitted."
Not needing much encouragement to chase a dovetail, I am led to other twin words that might be coined.
If the twin word is a partial anagram, well, Attitude's brother is obvious -- someone has employed it, surely, to describe the quality of being both inked and snotty: Tatitude.
But how about Craftitude and Fractitude, which share only a 21st Century millieu?
While Halitude and Ahlitude have an obvious onomatopeoic connection:
With useful applications in my own daily life, Faltitude and Alfatude:
Full of judgement about other people's ideologies? Try Galtitude and Gallitude:
Once this sort of thing starts, it's hard to stop: Waltitude and Awltitude:
I slay myself.
Okay, fine. That may very well be a message from the subconscious that it's time to put away the toys and think about something marginally more useful.
Aglatude = offers a quantitative ranking of all your moods. The ideal score is 42. (Thank you Douglas Adams.)
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