Wordful Wednesday for January 8, 2014

You guys !!! It’s the very first Wordful Wednesday of a brand new year !!!

I like to tell myself that I love all the parts of this little blog equally, but the truth is, I play favourites.

Depending on what day of the week it is, I love the various features that we have around here with a deep passion that comes from the very depths of my soul. On Mondays, I’m convinced that movies are the most meaningful art form that exists. On Fridays, I believe that the right quote at the right time can change the world. And on Wednesdays, well, on Wednesdays I just don’t want to stop talking. Ever. Because on Wednesdays I’m quite certain that words are simply the most gorgeous things you’ll ever find in all of time and space and the whole entire universe.

So it was important to me that I found a particularly good word for today’s post. No, not a good word, a greatΒ one. A word that’s easy on the eyes and lovely to say out loud and that’s maybe even recognized by spell-check. Today’s word is sanguine: happy, optimistic, bouyant

In other words …

My 2014. And hopefully yours, too.

I’m thrilled to be kicking off the new year with sanguine for a couple of reasons. Number one, it’s all silky sounding, and I love the way it slips off my tongue. Number two, it surprised me. I’ve come across this word before; but as it turns out, I didn’t know what it means. I thought sanguine was another word for steady; I thought it was placid and unflappable, and it’s actually animated and alive. You guys, how perfect is that ?!? This year is only eight days old and I have a ton of stuff in my pile of good things already, and my heart flies even higher upwards when I think of everything still to come.

Sanguine is so totally going to be my word for the year. What’s yours? Tell me all about it in the Comments!

love amb

25 thoughts on “Wordful Wednesday for January 8, 2014

    • Thank you Eric!

      (For the record, I think you fit nicely around here, too. I’m always so happy to have your perspective and balance in my crazy, exclamation mark-y world! πŸ™‚ )

  1. it sounds like the name for a beautiful, french liqueur. it would come in a pale blue bottle, and taste of things exotic and delicious. i consider myself to be a sanguine person and would be even more so if that was an actual product. )

    • Gasp! It does! Oh Beth, you’re brilliant. From now on whenever I use that word I’ll be picturing pale blue bottles and exotic deliciousness πŸ˜€

      • great, i was hoping you’d step in to take care of this with your cocktail genius, liz. i guess the goals for it then are to have it be a beautiful pale blue color, have a french ingredient in it and leave us feeling optimistic and happy after drinking one or two of them. not too much to ask is it?

    • eek! Does it? *amb rushes off to google*

      According to vocabulary.com : Sanguine is from Latin sanguis “blood” and originally meant “bloody” β€” in medieval medicine it described someone whose ruddy complexion was a sign of an optimistic outlook. That was back when people thought that “bodily humors” like blood were responsible for your attitudes. Now that we no longer believe in humors, sanguine has settled down as a fancy way to say someone is cheerfully confident.

      So there you go! We were both right! πŸ˜€

  2. That’s a very good word! I might just steal it for myself, lol. This year I think my word will be “driven”. I’m halfway through law school, which means this next year the job search is going to ramp up. I’m going to need to be driven to get through it!

  3. I’m with you on not having completely understood the exact meaning of the word sanguine. Thanks for clearing that up πŸ™‚ What you’re saying then is that “sanguine” and “woo hoo” are pretty much synonyms!! πŸ˜€

  4. I don’t know what about sanguine made me think of hippopotamus. It’s a fabulous word, sanguine (and hippopotamus). But hippopotamus even makes me want to sing:

    Sing it with me. πŸ˜‰

    • Teeheehee. Ok, so you can’t see me, but I promise I’m typing this BEFORE I hit play, with no Google in sight. I’m going to see how far I can get …

      I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, only a hippopotamus will do,
      I don’t want a doll, or something-something toy, I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy.
      I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, I don’t think Santa Claus will mind do you
      He won’t have to use, our dirty chimney flue, just bring him in the front door that’s the easiest thing to do
      I’ll see him there on Christmas morning, creeping down the stairs, oh imagine my surprise, when I open up my eyes, and see a hippo hero standing there.
      I want a hippopotamus for Christmas, only a hippopotamus will do,
      No crocodiles, or rhinoceros, I only like hippopotamuses. And hippopotamuses like me too!

      *thank you, thank you*

  5. I love the word sanguine! It was one of the 4 types on a personality test I took once and I fell right into that category. It’s such a good word for 2014!

    Loving the new banner and slogan!!


    • Did you really? How cool is that?!? So happy that our first word of the year is one that resonates with you, my friend. I think it’s a sign of good things to come!

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