new word

13912667287_3cc82e9bf2_o-minI don’t know how many words there are in the English language, and I doubt there’s an exact number, but there sure are many … compared to my native tongue. Almost every day I keep learning new ones, and yesterday was one of those times. Was reading some woman’s blog [outside the WordPress blogosphere], she was writing about the new year and some type of resolution she’d made. Her ยซintention wordยป for this year was ‘coalesce‘. I kept staring at it, had no idea what it meant or how to pronounce it.

Nowadays, we have so many, helpful websites, just a click away, but more importantly; I have my husband! A living dictionary ๐Ÿ™‚ Even though everything is very well explained in Webster’s, and my Swedish Tydaย — you can even listen to the pronunciation —ย  it’s a different thing to talk it over with a native speaker.

So, now I know coalesce. Never finished reading that blog post where I saw it, it got too tiresome, but I guess she must have felt she’d spread herself out all over the place, or something.

If I’ll stick to my gratitude theme, there are several things in this post to be thankful for: over and above all, my husband, of course, but also the ease with which I can reach those online dictionaries. In 1996, the first time I went online, I didn’t know the word ‘gender’ (!), I was at work and had to run around the whole clinic to find the only Swedish-English dictionary we had there ๐Ÿ™‚

So … after almost twelve years of living in the English-speaking world, I’ve incorporated ‘coalesce’ into my my vocabulary. You never know … it might come in handy some time. ๐Ÿ™‚

16 Replies to “new word”

  1. I may be wrong but English seems to be the most widely used language around the globe. Maybe as a second language. English helps us all coalesce as we travel the globe.

  2. I read somewhere that part of the reason that English has so many words is because it is not an inflected language. Therefore, it has more opportunity to nuance meaning with words in a slightly unusual order. (Or something like that).

  3. I love words too and I guess most are from the root of another language. I still come across words I don’t know. My mom had a dictionary that has archaic words and she used to use them in games we played. Really interesting stuff.

    1. Yes, it’s interesting, and yes, the roots are most often from some other language. I’ve been surprised to see how many words in my own language come from French … the spelling of them is altered in Swedish, so they aren’t all that easily recognizable. Regular, everyday words, like furniture for example … meaubles – mรถbler ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Hihi, this sounds so familiar to me as another English-as-a-second-language user. And this word I have always skipped somehow. Hoping it’s linked to “coalition”. As for pronunciation – I’m sure it will come with time. ๐Ÿ˜€

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