Word of the Day: sprachgefuhl

Greetings and salutations, fellow wordsmiths!

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here, but it isn’t because I’ve forgotten. Actually, I’ve been working on something for a while for you. A special treat. I’m hoping I can finally have it done for you on Friday!

In the meantime, it’s Word Wednesday, and my mom sent me a link to the word of the day, Sprachgefuhl. It’s the understanding of language in the context of using it appropriately. Click the word to be taken to the Word a Day website for examples, including examples of what isn’t sprachgefuhl, from the wonderful gem, English As She is Spoke.

I have this book on my bookshelf. It’s quite awesome and (accidentally) very, very funny. Click the image to view or buy the book (It’s about $5 on Amazon).

But let’s talk about Sprachgefuhl. That’s sort of the point of Word Wednesday—to use language correctly and appropriately. So far we’ve talked about Latinate versus Anglo-Saxon words, mentioned the Holy Grail of Diction. Coming up, we will talk about flowery words and purple language, readability, breath units, syllables, cliches, and overused words. What are other language/diction/grammar questions you might have? Comment below and I’ll add them to the queue.

What have I been up to? Okay, you didn’t ask, but I’ll tell you anyway. I finished The Hunger Games series, done lots of cleaning and cooking for way more parties than this introvert is used to, outlined my novel using the 8 C’s, adjusted my outline so that the flow worked better, and created detailed outlines for the first three chapters. I’ve obsessed over the Myers-Briggs method of personality typing and have spent hours reading MBTI Types on Tumblr and the posts of my fellow WordPress Blogger Tim on Which MBTI Type…

Tim is a great resource, so be sure to pay him a visit and feel free to ask him questions. I have personally asked him several, and he was quick to respond and help me figure out my MBTI type despite my confusion (I’m really middle of the line between T/F).

See you on Friday (Lord willing) with a super big present for you readers/writers! Hint: it is all about character development.

3 thoughts on “Word of the Day: sprachgefuhl

  1. Darcy La Geekerd says:

    I think the only way for you to figure out whether you are a feeler or a thinker is to understand your functions on a deeper level and know whether your feeling and thinking is extroverted or introverted. we are all feelers and thinker after all, the function’s extroversion/introversion is what differs. I once thought I were an INFP though I had a great deal of doubt regarding that, Since INTP seemed to fit me really well. So understanding the Fe (extroverted feeling) of the INTP washed away all of my doubts. I hope you figure out your type soon. It should make life easier.

    • wifosaurus says:

      Hey Darcy, it appears that my response to you was one of the many I made last year using the mobile app, and which never published. Ah, technology!

      Anyway, cultural stereotypes and norms would type all women as Feelers and all men as Thinkers. Everyone has both feeling and thinking, you’re right! As I’ve matured, I’ve been conditioned to be a better feeler, to be more empathetic, and to be concerned about others. And that’s a great thing! But at my core, I’m definitely a thinker. It’s all in what comes more naturally to you. Our culture is primarily Extraverted, Sensing, and Judging, so anybody with I, F, or P is pretty good at adapting. For example, I’m a P, but schools teach students how to be organized, set goals and boundaries, etc. Left to my own devices, and I “revert” back to P. (I don’t really think it’s reverting, and other cultures prefer a P lifestyle to a J one–no type is superior to any other!)

      I made a post that asked practical questions to help people decide which type they are, and I admit I formatted the questions so that I, N, and P answers are socially acceptable and that T and F questions have nothing to do with gender stereotypes. You can find that post here: https://writelarawrite.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/characters-intro/

      I still haven’t had a chance to read The Book Thief! It’s being made into a movie soon, so I suppose I should read it before it comes to theaters 🙂

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