A few years back, I learned about the concept “Word of the Year”. I always choose one. Not a choice, really, if you do it right. Sit quietly and it is given to you. I thought my word was passion. But part of the ritual of deciding on your word is to research it – find its meanings and etymology. So I couldn’t choose passion, because it comes from the Latin for pain. And most of the definitions are related to pain. Think Passion plays.
Words mean what we want them to mean, of course. I love to play with both words and numbers, but there are different rules of play. Numbers do become popular and are sometimes given meaning ,”twenty-one” for example, but in general the rules of play are straightforward. Words are more flexible. “Find your Passion” has become a catch-phrase for those of us who are spiritual but not religious. Or those who love Oprah and Chopra. It’s that common 21st Century usage which brought me to the word. The nagging feeling that if I could settle down and find a passion I would be better. I could follow my bliss and be of real use in the world. Now I’m free! Molly has let go of her futile search for her passion. Passion means pain and I don’t have to eat kale.
So I came to enchantment. ‘Twas a synonym of a synonym of a synonym of passion. I wonder if there’s a word for “synonym of a synonym of a synonym” – trisynonym perhaps. Enchantment has a dark side as well – think Snow White or Rapunzel. But I settled there because enchantment implies magic. Mystical Merriment is my game and enchantment is my aim. One definition of enchant on http://www.dictionary.com is: “