When I’m journaling, I often write the word “spirit.” But many times my quick scribbling produces “sprit” instead, and automatically I go back and pen over it to correct it. The other day, after having done this several times in one sitting, I stopped my train of thought and truly noticed what my pen seemed to want on the page. And I was delighted. So many words and images popped into my head as I looked at the phrase “filling her life with sprit”:
- spree (whee! How fun!)
- spit (a bit of vinegar, sassy and full of life)
- grit (as in being rubbed and polished by life’s girt—I mean grit)
- something quick and dashy, like a flash of light (big sparkles?)
- the sound of a magic wand as it touches something to transform it–wooah, I actually typed magic “want” at first—equally cool! (as in “let’s change this pumpkin into a beautiful carriage—SPRIT!” with sparkles all around)
So I will not be changing “sprit” back to “spirit” any time soon—I think it describes the idea better than the other, overused word.
And sprit is definitely what I want more of in my life (and yes, it really ought to be in italics)!
It’s not uncommon for a combo word like this (a portmanteau for you English majors) to pop out and amuse me when I am typing or speaking enthusiastically. A recent appearance is interlap, expressing what all our lives do: intersect, interconnect, overlap and interweave with each other. I think this may be happening to me more often, both in speaking and now in writing, too.
I choose to believe this is NOT incipient dementia (or simply sloppy penmanship), but rather Messages from a Higher (more jovial) Place: home of sprites, angels, witches, sages, talking trees, dragons, fairy godmothers with wands who understand wants, and every healthy archetypal energy known to humans and animals.
I know others do this; writers of ads and self-help books frequently intentionally create such words. But when they arrive unbidden they feel like a gift, or a joke, or maybe a poke.
What fun words have visited you lately? Do tell.
I love words! What a fun blog entry. I was thinking that with my lover archetype I love words that run in that direction. Thanks for encouraging me to be open to new words. Indeed our brains are forming new connections. Age is a reason to see life from new vantage points and to create the words to go with the best views.
And the most playful ones!
Sprit on you, Annie! LOL
🙂 And you too!