Thought of the day

There are a lot of shows from my childhood that don’t hold up under scrutiny in retrospect. Boy Meets World is one of the shows that does.

For the love of language

I think about language a lot. I really love how much can be expressed through minor tweaks and changes and unexpected uses of words. Take for instance what on the face of the matter seems like something so silly: Anyone who’s anyone in my generation remembers the show Boy Meets World. It was a decent show that proved to be entertaining, even if it had no shame in showing a cheesy moral at the end of every episode. This one always stood out to me:

I had forgotten how bad the music was, though.

I really liked that because it was a minor change of language that made a huge difference in the meaning of what Mr. Feeney had to say. Besides that, it played off a common grammatical error we hear all the time. (The earlier parts of the episode may have also made some reference to grammar; I don’t recall.) I’m not saying it was masterful writing, but as either a pre-teen or a young teenager, it really stood out to me.

I mention this because I just came across this list of a list of The 100 Most Beautiful Words in English. It has nothing to do with sitcoms from the 90’s, nor does it involve tweaks in composition, but it is a pretty nice list. Here’s a snippet.

Halcyon: Happy, sunny, care-free.
Harbinger: Messenger with news of the future.
Imbrication: Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.
Imbroglio: An altercation or complicated situation.
Imbue: To infuse, instill.

To my readers: What word would you add? My choice (it seems to be a favorite of author Bill Bryson):

Convivial: Agreeable.