"As she looked, aghast, at the pony that was tethered in her front lawn and munching comfortably on her flowers, she realized how just how alarmingly she’d underestimated his zeal to impress her. She’d also underestimated the size of his bank account and his brain: impossibly vast and impossibly tiny, respectively.
'I did not mean it when I said I wanted a pony,' she explained to him later through gritted teeth.
He looked surprised. ‘You didn’t?’”
Zeal is the noun form. Usually, you’re zealous for a cause or purpose. It means you’re super-eager and super-committed to making something happen, and you’ll go to great lengths for it. It can have a bit of a negative connotation, and it’s more often seen in the form overzealous, which is being excessively eager, to the point of being a fanatic.
Hi there! I recently stumbled upon your blog and absolutely fell in love with you wordsmithery! I'd like to ask you a favour; I am planning my wedding for mid-2014 (yay) and have an idea to add small cards to each guest's seat - each with a definition that matches his/her personality. I'd like to ask your for your permission to take some of these definitions from your site. I'll make sure to keep your address on them and credit you in some way :) Regards, Krystal
That sounds like a brilliant idea! Absolutely, go for it. I appreciate the credit. Congratulations and best wishes to both of you!
I have Twitter and Pinterest too, if those are more your thing. I’m also going to start an Instagram, but two someones I don’t know have registered both “otherwordly” and “otherwordly_” and started posting things from my blog without me, so… I’ll have to think about that one a little longer. But come check out Otherwordly at these other neat places.
If you registered either of those Instagram accounts, I’d love to speak to you, so send me an ask or an email—thanks!
kinda been a permanent passenger on the struggle bus lately but I deeply appreciate all of you guys and your continued support and messages (especially the “are you alive??” ones). as my thank-you, I’ll post a word tomorrow or bust. much love to everyone.
Would it worry you if I told you that I’ve been turned into a zombie and am not, in fact, alive?
It’s finals week, so I guess I only feel like a zombie. I’m not actually a brain-devouring undead monster. Yet. Even though I haven’t been updating, I do have a list of posts done up—a paper queue that I just haven’t translated into a Tumblr queue—and I’ve been trying to answer asks when I can.
But, even if finals kill me, I will be back! Expect new posts by the end of next week. You guys are all great—your love of words (and your patience) makes me super happy.
Yes, Otherwordly is getting published into a real paper-and-ink book, by a crazy awesome publisher by the name of Chronicle Books. It’s going to be gorgeous and I’m so excited!
No, the book is not out yet. Yes, I will be sure to let you know when you can buy it. Don’t worry, I’m probably going to be quite loud about it.
I’d like to run a contest/giveaway sometime soon, but I’m still thinking about it.
I always, always appreciate corrections to my posts. Send your comments along to the askbox or contact the Otherwordly Facebook—they’re super helpful when I make mistakes.
You are a really neat person and it’s so great that you’re alive and I guess I just wanted to remind you of that.
Oh, no! No, I don’t—I like books too much to ever damage them on purpose. It’s just a reference.
“Read to me.” “I thought you didn’t like me reading aloud.” “Shut up and read me a story.” (He laughs, rips a page from the book.) “Why did you do that?” “Oh, I always rip out the last page of a book. Then it doesn’t have to end. I hate endings.” - The Angels Take Manhattan
We hate endings too, but did that stop the writers? No, they just went right ahead and yanked out our hearts. Okay. That’s cool. Didn’t need mine anyways. (This ask is referring to the tags on finifugal.)
I don't know if this has been asked before but what is the word for the smell of ice or snow, the smell of rain is petrichor; is there one for crystallized water (it has a particular smell I'm not crazy right? lol)
I’ve had a number of people ask me about a word for this smell, so you’re definitely not alone. I know that smell too—it's a high, sharp scent. I want to say that it smells like metal looks, but then I sound crazy.
The thing is that English has very few words for specific scents. I don’t mean words for smells that are related to the things that produce them—it of course has words like fishy or tang or pine—but words like petrichor. (Petrichor is actually not just the smell of rain, but the smell of dry earth after rain. We lack a word for the smell of rain, too.) To my knowledge, there’s only one other, and it’s nidor, which is, um, the smell of burning animals. Or burning fat. Gross, I know. Ozone might count too.
Anyways, I’ve been searching for this word for a long time, without results. It definitely doesn’t exist (yet) in English. But, if you speak another language and know a word for it, please let me know!