Last Thursday, I fell in love.
It was not with an attractive female and certainly not with a man – although I am not saying there is anything wrong with that (tokenistic PC gesture over!)
It was not even with a racy looking car or any of the thousand things I constantly desire from the Apple store.
It was instead with a word … and that word is ‘Defenestrate‘
It sounds so perfect and is a joy to pronounce. It’s meaning is just as beautiful as its formation, for it is used to describe the action of throwing something out of a window.
Therein lies another piece of its beauty. Throughout the history of rock music, bands have been idolised not just for their music but for throwing hotel TVs and the like through windows. They never even knew they were performing defenestration.
Our English language is often criticised for being overly complicated and reformers argue to simplify the multitude of words we use to communicate the things we see; we are highly unlikely to ever see words like it included in the dictionary of ‘text speak’.
I would also challenge you to find another language that has bothered to incorporate a word that was originally formed from Latin and include it as a dedicated word for such a ridiculous action.
But, that is the beauty of English. Unlike the languages of those who live across the waters, we have always been thorough. While they have been brewing and drinking wine and beer or inventing gastronomic delights, we have been sitting around increasing the quality of our vocabulary.
I hope our relationship with words will continue forever and we never get divorced from such perfect beauty!!
Thank you to the guys at tmesolutions in Maidstone for introducing me to the word – I never knew a meeting about a possible website could turn out to be so interesting.