Thursday, September 6, 2012

You don't Eat Okapi, Do You?

The first time I saw a real Okapi
I was as happy as a kid in a
candy store - and I was 45.
Onomatopoeia, Okapi, and Dessert - three words that always bring a smile to my face. Okay, dessert sometimes brings panic to my face. Dessert sometimes brings fork up to my face so let's not go there. 

So, Onomatopoeia and Okapi - two words that always bring a smile to my face. They remind me of happy days in 9th and 10th grades. Okapi is always followed by 'yum yum' because a friend in 9th grade taught me how to remember definitions by having a word to go with your word that reminds you what it is. Yum yum reminded me that Okapi is an animal, the primary game of the Pygmy.  Onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the word it describes. Slither is an example of onomatopoeia. 

I really enjoyed the English classes those years. Our teacher had the task of teaching us smart ass kids all about Julius Caesar, Tale of Two Cities and Mark Twain. He taught us all about sarcasm, irony, simile, metaphor, oxymoron and so many other things.  No one could ever say "...and Brutus is an honorable man" like my 10th grade English teacher. 

I love simple things that trigger a happy memory, even a joyful event that lasted only a brief moment can bring happiness to my heart (and face) years and years later. I like to think of things like that when edible words are calling to me with a loud, insistent noise. The happy memories help drown out the food songs, if you know what I mean. 

Are there any unusual, non-edible words that always bring a smile to your face?



Lauren said...

antediluvian and infinitesimal

Norma said...


Unknown said...

Clever portmanteaus bring me smiles. As an example, "spexy" meaning sexy while wearing specs (glasses). :D

:-) Marion