It seems to me that today’s three words are among the most obscure that have been suggested. Volant, it seems to me is very easily mis-read as violent, although volant– which means flighty, rare or poetic is a rather peaceful word really. The word pandect– which is more often used in the plural; pandects are an entire body of rule or law is an even more obscure word. By comparison, grandiose (the search term which brought up today’s futuristic architectural image) seems almost mundane. (And yet grandiose– which means imposing, impressive and elaborate is in fact an antonym of mundane.)
I am realizing today that in some ways unusual words can be a bit more challenging for these Just 3 Words posts. Here I dealt with all three words in a single paragraph and I feel as though I have done well by my readers to have simply explained what these unusual words mean. That I have not in fact actually reflected all about any of the words seems like almost a cheat. I am, frankly, un-interested in constructing some sort of pandect on the proper way to do social media. (Obviously I don’t believe that there can ever be one right way and that each user must determine for themselves how best to use different new communications tools.) And volant sounds like the sort of name Chrysler or Cadillac would use for a fast new car. And I do suspect that if they did, far fewer folks would ever question or learn where they name came from than translated the Chevy Nova into Spanish. (It doesn’t go.)
Certainly there have been times in my life when I could have reasonably been accused of being more than little grandiose. I am thinking at the moment of my senior year in high school when I persuaded my late Aunt Julia– a very talented artist who was years ahead of her time in practicing calligraphy– to hand address both the inner and outer envelopes for the hundred or so invitations I sent out to my high school graduation ceremony. Looking back I almost kind of feel sorry for my poor parents struggling to contain their oh so grandiose offspring. I seem to have lost the name and URL of whomever it was suggested today’s words. I feel badly about that. I am trying hard as I receive more suggestions to be sure of keeping the contributor’s name with his words. My sincerest thanks to each and every one of you who has suggested Just 3 Words for me.