I have been playing a lot of Scrabble and Textropolis (thanks Noemi!) and Boggle lately. Which brings me to today’s question:
Don’t you just love a good word?
One that isn’t heard on a regular basis, but when utilized in just the right place at just the right time says something no other word can say in exactly the same way?
Here is one I discovered this year and have been holding on to for just the right moment:
muliebrity \myoo-lee-EB-ri-tee\, noun:
The state of being a woman.
She was one of those women who was waiting in —what is the word?—muliebrity; She had courage and initiative and a philosophical way of handling questions, and she could be bored by regular work like a man.
— H.G. Wells, The New Machiavelli
Lagerfeld’s strongly conceived and modern designs throughout his incumbency ne’er compromised the supple muliebrity for which Chlo was renowned.
— Leo Bonworth, Leo’s Spaces blog
Muliebrity comes from Latin muliebris, “womanly”, in contrast to maidenhood.
[From Latin muliebritas (womanhood), from muliebris (womanly), from mulier (woman).]
Virility is the masculine equivalent of the term.
Hmmm…how come “virility” is so much more commonly used than “muliebrity,” I wonder?
And while I am randomly going on about words, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my very wordsmith-y friend Carla Barnhill, who just so happens to be one of the Top 7 (of 15,000!!!) applicants in Good Morning America’s search for the show’s next Advice Guru.
Carla is a mom of three, a writer and writing professor. She is down to earth, practical, funny and very smart. She is authentic, believable, likable, caring. She would do us all proud.
Yes, you should vote for her when you have the opportunity beginning Monday morning.
To see/Facebook “like” Carla’s recent GMA video and read some of the brilliant advice she has already handed out in response to the show’s viewer questions, click here.
Carla, I really hope you win, but I am so incredibly proud of you for even having the moxy to send in that first audition tape.
You and your muliebrity make me really proud to be your friend.