I find that the best words in the English language are the ones that are just amusing to say because they reflect the substantial gap that exists between modern day language and the roots from whence they came. The word ‘like’, for instance, has taken on several different meanings, and not necessarily meanings that were intended for it. It used to be a common connecting term for making a comparison between two or more ‘things’ (the word ‘things’ incorporating anything that can be compared). Then, people started to use it to show their affection for one another, verbally communicating the level of a relationship they have with someone (or wish to have). It is such a flexible term that seems to change with the times, which is likely due to how long it has stuck around. Now, the word ‘like’ isn’t even being used as a word anymore. It has become one of those filler words that people use when they are unsure of what to say next:
‘Um, you know, like …’
or when they are quoting something that somebody else said:
‘He was like … and she was like … and I was like …’
So, how does this relate to todays word? Well, it doesn’t really. I simply wanted to show how fascinating it is to see how words go through their own transitions in society just like people. The word I have chosen for today is an example of how words that are not used in common language are more likely to remain the same in terms of their meaning. They are like a rare beast that people are able to enjoy, but only if they are willing to make the effort to locate them.
So without further ado, the word of the week is ….
Adjective: present, appearing, or found everywhere … being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time.
Synonyms: all – over, everywhere, omnipresent, universal
This is one of those elegant words that just seems to role off the tongue with an undefined grace. It also reminds me of how cool it would be to have the ability to be everywhere at once! X-men has a strong influence over me 🙂
Anywho, I was attempting to unearth the roots of this word, but I was unable to find the kind of colorful history I had been hoping for. Many words have been around for so long that their origins cease to exist. The only piece of information I was able to find stated that the word came about during the 1800’s, although it was actually derived from the word “ubiquitary”, which shares the same meaning but it was first uttered during the 1500’s.
If you happen to be familiar with the origin of this word, do tell, because I am rather curious to know what it is. Otherwise, that is all for this weeks “Word of the Week” post (it’s a new thing I’m trying, but I am not yet certain whether it will be a permanent thing), and I will leave you with these words of wisdom:
“A powerful agent is the right word. Whenever we come upon one of those intensely right words … the resulting effect is physical as well as spiritual, and electrically prompting.”
– Mark Twain