I continue to have a lot of fun with my friends, which to a larger degree than for most people really is my primary goal online. Yes, I write books and publish books and do consulting with #indie writers who need help with the “blogging/social networking” thing. But everything that I do is really based on relationships and most of what I’m doing so far is just building relationships.
And the other day I had a mostly lovely chat with my friend Gaye Crispin (who by the way is one of the most lovely and charming people I know) about the very similar and confusing words loath and loathe. Click on each of the words to see the definitions. As homonyms go these two are kind of, well, killer. Our fascinating discovery of these two very similar words was brought about by the daily #definethis contest on Twitter. I’ve long been a huge fan of #definethis which challenges the Twitterverse to use Merriam Webster’s word of the day in a sentence. Just tweet your sentence with hashtag #definethis and you’re in the game. I’ve been playing for some time now and for awhile we had a nice little crew of players but they seemed to disperse over the holidays and somehow never came back.
But yesterday I used an Empire Avenue mission to try to rouse up a few more players, and was so pleased that Gaye not only played, but actually pointed out to me that the word of the day, loath, was not actually the word I had used but instead it’s identically pronounced cousin, which actually does not mean the same thing. For a word nerd like me it was a moment of pure bliss. I think I will continue bribing with eaves a few more folks to play #definethis with me on Twitter. And if eaves aren’t your main motivator, feel free to follow @definethis to receive one tweet every day with the new word a link to the definition.