What a year 2013 has been! My network has expanded to include some terrific people, some of whom I met through the blogosphere and others through work and volunteering. I have also been lucky enough to work with some amazing clients who are doing interesting and important work here in Canada and around the world. In addition, I was bestowed with the great honour of becoming the Managing Editor of the Speakeasy creative writing challenge over at the yeah write blogging community.
So it’s been a good year. And, just like I did last year, I’d like to sum up 2013 with a list of my ten favourite words from the year. These words appeared in documents that I edited or in something that I wrote, either for work or pleasure.
1. Amalgamation (noun): the action, process, or result of combining or uniting several things into one structure or organization.
- The ghouls felt they’d been short-changed by the Undead Amalgamation of 2313, but the zombies had never been happier.
2. Backcasting (verb): A strategic planning method where a successful future is envisioned first (beginning with the end in mind). It comes from the fishing term backcast, which refers to the backward swing of a fishing line before casting.
- If the ghouls had completed the pre-amalgamation backcasting exercise perhaps they wouldn’t be so disgruntled.
3. Concatenate (verb): To link things together in a chain or a series.
- The first thing Griswold noticed about Gertrude was the speed with which she concatenated shrunken heads onto belts.
4. Deep-rooted (adjective): Firmly embedded in thought, behaviour, or culture, and so having a persistent influence.
- The knowledge that they shared a deep-rooted fear of sunshine and daisies brought the mutant couple even closer.
5. Governance (noun): the action or manner of governing a state, organization, etc.
- Many citizens of the Undead Megacity felt that good governance required a greater influx of brains.
6. Kenning (noun): a compound expression in Old English and Old Norse poetry with metaphorical meaning.
- Although it didn’t have the same elegance as the Old Norse blood-ember, Zoltan the Zombie Slayer liked to use the kenning death-stick to describe his axe.
7. Lateral violence (noun): Displaced violence directed against one’s peers and community members rather than one’s true adversaries. Lateral violence often occurs within marginalized groups where members strike out at each other as a result of being oppressed.
- The ongoing disenfranchisement among the ghouls was resulting in lateral violence, which included cutting down one’s neighbours, both literally and figuratively.
8. Macerate (verb): To soften or become softened by soaking in a liquid (generally in relation to food).
- Meanwhile, in the wealthy zombie neighbourhoods, the latest trend was to macerate brains in red wine before serving them.
9. Sustainable (adjective): Able to be maintained at a certain rate or level; able to be upheld or defended; able to conserve an ecological balance by avoiding the depletion of natural resources.
- Given the dwindling number of edible brains in the Megacity, the zombies’ newfangled lifestyle was not sustainable.
10. Wendigo (also windigo) (noun): A cannibalistic giant; a person who has been transformed into a monster by the consumption of human flesh. Comes from the folklore of the Northern Algonquian people.
- Having become so caught up in their own importance, the zombies didn’t notice the scale of the wendigo uprising until it was far too late.
So there’s my list for 2013. But how about you? What was your favourite word of 2013?
Linking up with this weekend’s Moonshine Grid over at yeah write.