“Long ago, I coined the term “Churchillian Drift” to describe the process whereby the actual originator of a quotation is often elbowed to one side and replaced by someone more famous. So to Churchill or Napoleon would be ascribed what, actually, a lesser-known political figure had said. The process occurs in all fields.”
(This comes from Nigel’s article “Policing Word Abuse” is in Aug. 13, 2009 Forbes issue.
And a few of Winston Churchill’s greatest words that we KNOW he said because, well, it’s on YouTube!!
IT’S OUR BLOGAVERSARY!
Let’s leave out the parts that people skip.
that being said, HERE’S OUR FIRST POST ~ 4/20/2010 ~ :)
Today we’re starting our blog. For years we’ve sipped great coffee, nibbled tasty treats, talked through the life dramas, and read our writing to each other. Frequently we’ve had a silent partner in all this: Ted Kooser, Jane Yolen, Lary Bloom, Art Plotnik, Anne Lamott. We’ve read their books about writing and let their wise words inspire us. This blog is going to be another silent partner we think, but right now getting going with it is a bit like trying to get clear, cool water from the faucet. We need to run the water for a while to swish out whatever’s been lodging along the old pipes. Sometimes those pipes clank and the water sputters. Sometimes we curse and talk about whether or not the plumbing’s ever going to be right. And then it happens. Luscious, clean, boy-is-this-well-good-or-what water. That’s the way it will be with our fussing with a writing blog. Just keep the tap on we’ve decided. It’ll come.
AND COME IT HAS.
Words We Women Write was born out of, well, unbridled curiosity and wonder.
The adventure of uncertainty lured us in. (That, and there was nowhere else we needed to be.)
Now, four years later, we’ve birthed two more ~
Click here to read Patty’s middle-grade novel blog, Isabel the Storyteller.
Click here to read Toni’s poetry blog, mental crumbs ~ in love with carbs and poetry.
Having awesome site stats means never having to wear plastic glasses.
We still fuss with the plumbing. The Apple geniuses help us tinker, WordPress Happiness Engineers make the irreversible reversible.
And Readers, you are why we’re still having a good time, all the time. Thanks for coming.
patty and toni 4/29/14
I love, love, love words. Unusual ones. Obscure ones. Exotic ones. And the stories behind them. Like the invaluable phrase ~ as mad as a hatter. Don’t you wonder why a good honest hatter is regarded as more prone to lunacy than, say, a tailor? I do.
I’m also curious about the link between language and culture. The Meaning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de Bound is a kind of dictionary that list words from languages all over the world. The words have very specific and unusual meanings. Take the word in the title ~ tingo. It’s from the Pascuense language of Easter Island, meaning “to borrow objects from a friend’s house, one by one, until there’s nothing left”. Or how about this word, one bandied about in the Netherlands ~ plimpplampplettere? Say it, and listen to yourself. Doesn’t it sound just like stones skimming on water?
Are you a rasorial searcher, always after words? The English poet W. H. Auden was once asked to teach a poetry class for 20 students. Two hundred applied to study with him. When asked how he chose his students, he said he picked the ones who actually loved words. (I’m sure I would have been one of the chosen, and if you’re still reading this, you would have too.)
There are tons of field guides to words. Two of my new favorites are Better Than Great by Art Plotnik and Wordcatcher by Phil Cousineau. Want more wit and wisdom? William Safire’s NYT columns “On Language” are collected in his book, The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time.
Prefer your wordy gems in a microburst? Read Erin McKean’s column at the Wall Street Journal. McKean, the most interesting lexicographer of our time, is the founder of Wordnik.com and the author of Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That’s Amore (also about words). Her first novel, The Secret Lives of Dresses, was published by GrandCentral/5Spot in February 2011. She says it’s her first book where the words are arranged in something other than alphabetical order. See why I turn to her column first in the Weekend Journal. Week in Words – Wsj.com
Oh, and did I mention that she has A Dress a Day Blog?
Listen here to Erin speak at Google. She’s smart, playful and So Not Erinaceous.
Note to Readers ~I suggest you make note of these links on your digital thumbscall (think post-it). Many were used in the writing of this post ~ including one for the swell www.wordswewomenwrite.wordpress.com page itself.
Breaking News: WWWW has a Facebook page ~ https://www.facebook.com/wordswewomenwrite Come like us. :)
I find words to be addictively interesting, especially when people like Plotnik, Cousineau, Jacot de Bound, Safire and McKean dig up tantalizing tidbits from obscurity. Scratch around on their word turf. I promise ~ you’ll winnick, snorkel and, quite probably, cachinnate in spite of yourself.
And in the beginning was the Word……
Flash Back : April 2010
Today we start our blog. For years we’ve met as a group, sipped coffee, nibbled tasty treats, talked through life’s dramas, and read our writing to each other. Frequently we have a silent partner in all this: Ted Kooser, Jane Yolen, Lary Bloom, Art Plotnik, Wordnik of The Day. We read their books about writing and let their wise words inspire us. This blog is going to be another silent partner, we think, but right now getting it going is a bit like trying to get clear, cool water from the faucet. We need to run the water for a while to swish out whatever’s been lodging along the old pipes. Sometimes those pipes clank and the water sputters. Sometimes we curse and talk about whether or not the plumbing’s ever going to be right. And then it happens. Luscious, clean, boy-is-this-well-good-or-what water. That’s the way it will be, this fussing with a writing blog. Just keep the tap on we’ve decided. It’ll come.
Patty and I sit at a table in the Apple store, and various Mac Geniuses tutor us in how to set up the blog. For several hours we get pointers, run with them, hit a speed bump, sink into that uh-oh-we’ll-never-get-this funk, and then plow ahead ~ again ~ after another quick tip from a passing Genius. There are tons of things the Geniuses can teach us, but they zero in on That One Exact Skill we need next.
Flash forward. April 2012.
It’s almost time to celebrate our Second Blogaversary. We’ve come a long way, baby. Actually, we’ve come a dirty huge way. And still, we go to the Apple store, sit at the the happy-go-larky project table and schmooze with the drive-by Genius who continues to feed us what we need next. There’s a continental-shelf-sized Skills-We-Need list, an infinite goozle of things to learn and, lucky us, a mother lode of time for us to learn it all.
So, the tap is on. The water flows. The words come.
Readers, we’re glad you’re here. Second Mad-Glamorous Blogaversary ahead ~ our cup-runneth over-ish, do celebrate with us. But how? Send us your Superbissimo Idea. Who knows where it might lead. Wink. Wink.