Today is being brought to you by the letter O. Well at least according to Jenny Matlock’s instructions at Alphabe-Thursday.
And I’ve got a wonderful word to share with you – at least I think it’s fabulous.
is for Obnubilate.
(v) Darken, dim, or cover with or as if with a cloud; obscure. Make unclear, indistinct, or blurred. Becloud. (First known usage 1583).
Seriously I started swooning when I hit “becloud.” I was all ready to have obnubilate be my favorite word of the week, but alas I may have to turn the honor over to becloud.
I always have to laugh a bit at myself when I fall in love with a word. I’m simultaneously excited to have discovered it and also a tiny bit confused that there could be such a glorious perfect word out there and I’ve lived this long without knowing it.
I find that amusing about myself – that feeling like I’ve missed out on years of happiness by not having known such a fabulous word existed, that I could have been rolling off my tongue, tossing into conversations, and simply thinking about. How silly is that? Certainly enough to laugh at myself.
It’s such a perfect example of pulling myself out of the now moment – thinking about all the moments I didn’t have with the word in my awareness. But I also find it a wonderful kind of incentive too – to keep my eyes peeled and my ears open for other fabulousities that delight me. They’re out there, all over the place, awaiting our discovery, our noticing, our awareness.
And so while I love the words obnubilate and becloud, I’m not really wanting to be walking around in that state. I want to see the treasures around me. Unless of course, I’m seeing the inside of a cloud, and then I’m all for being beclouded. Yes I am.
I couldn’t resist creating a little cloud art. I made some of the softest paper ever once – truly as soft as clouds – and I’ve saved every little scrap of it leftover from the original project. It made me very happy to use some of the bits as clouds.
What about you? Have a favorite O word? Does the word becloud make you swoon too? Are you a cloud watcher? A paper maker? A word lover? Do tell – you know I love to hear.