This is my second Literary Giveaway Blog hop and for the first, “The Natty Hat Comp”, the entrance fee was a favourite poem & I was amazed, enraptured and so darned happy with the amount of poetry I received that it took weeks of surgery just to unpin the grin and reattach my standard scowl. This time I thought I would try something different, although still keeping it in an area I’m interested in – the title for The Natty Hat Comp #2 - Favourite Word. Now this can be in any language (translate please), and any length, all I want is the favoured word and a short (or long) reason why. In the tradition of “The Natty Hat Comp” I will Start this off with my, or to be more accurate one of my, favourite words as I nearly went for my current favourite, which is, Discombobulate, meaning to “upset or confuse”, but no my all-time Favourite is – Autodidactic, meaning “having skills or knowledge acquired through one's own efforts without formal training”. I even know approximately when and where I first heard this word, I was about 16 years old and journeying home on a bus, with my latest read, which at the time was probably Phaedrus written by Plato. Anyway I’m on this bus reading, when this man sitting next to this women, asked me about the book & from this a conversation ensued, it turned out this man & the woman (his wife) were teachers and were amazed that this scruffy 16 year old lad was reading & to all intents and purpose understanding this book. “Autodidactic, that’s what you are” the man said, I not knowing what he meant, but liking the sound of it, nodded, just then my stop arrived. Off I got with this fantastic new word rolling around on my tongue – Or-toe-Die-Dak-Tic, Ort-O-Dye-Dac-Tik, Oar-To-Dia-Daq-Tiq, Autodidactic, till I arrived home, grabbed my battered old Oxford English and learnt a new word – Autodidactic, from Autodidact whose root is the Greek, autodidaktos, aut- + didaktos (Self + Taught). Now your go, you don’t need to follow me, unless you like what you see, all I want is your favourite word & a reason why and, in return, your name will get added into “The Natty Hat” and you if drawn out as a winner, will have the pick of one of two books.
ThanksThe first is one of my favourite books it’s about love, poetry & procrastination, which I’ve posted on here. The second……well that is a book that will combine a couple of my favourite subjects but if you choose that route you’ll have to take a chance and hope I’ve picked well, but it’s a book that has me mesmerised discombobulated & which I adore. So pick one with your reply and take your chance.
Here is the link list to my fellow cohorts, compadres,collaborators, comrades and partners in crime, please check them out and pass on my regards – Oh and enjoy. Thanks again..