Bring ’em back in 5 : Five Life-Affirming Words We Should Bring Back Into Use

Could revitalizing words with positive meanings cause us to have a more positive outlook on life?

Welcome readers, 

In this post, I want to share 5 life-affirming words you may not be familiar with, and I hope you can gain insight from this new vocabulary. With that said, the article briefly gave background on lexicographer and TV personality Susie Dent who is determined to bring uplifting words into common usage again, such as the word “respair”. “Respair was last used around 1525. Even though “respair” is an archaic word to its pessimistic counterpart “despair”, it is being revitalized in this post as Susie Dent might have hoped for, and with that, people can become informed on the array of vocabulary that has made the English language vast. Anyway, I want to reiterate a caveat that some of these words are not in common usage. However, these words were once ubiquitous in dictionaries and I’m sure they were used daily. I think it’s good to know about their existence and meanings. I’ll include the article’s description in italics. Works cited will be included. So, let us begin.  

  1. Adamate – To love very much

This verb is formed on the root of the Latin verb amare, which means “to love”. There is evidence of its use by dramatists in the 17th century.

Amare is also represented by the French word amant, which means “lover” and is now mainly used in English in connection with adulterous relationships. While it is difficult to establish exactly why “adamate” did not become popular, the more negative associations of the French loan might have played a role.

2. Autometry: Self-Measurement, Self-Estimation

3. Biophilia: Love of Life

This word is probably best known as the title of Icelandic singer Björk’s seventh studio album. “Biophilia” and its counterpart “necrophilia” were coined in the 19th century as technical terms in psychology. The popularity of the term “necrophilia” and its increasing association with deviant sexual practices have been boosted by a number of high-profile criminal cases.

“Biophilia”, by contrast, has remained fairly restricted to technical discussions in psychoanalysis. Nonetheless, its literal meaning – the love of life – suggests a broader human need or desire

4. Collachrymate: To Weep Together

5. Mesology: The Science of Achieving Happiness

Works Cited : 

Pons-Sanz, Sara. “Five Life-Affirming Words We Should Bring Back Into Use.” Pocket, 21 Jan. 2022,

No fillers zone

Welcome readers and Happy Fall,

A lot of us are guilty of using verbal fillers in our everyday speech such as, Um, Uh, You know, like, and so forth. When used seldomly it’s not bad but frequent usage can be an annoyance to your listener. This can cause them to become distracted by it and thus lose interest in what you’re conveying. With that said, in this post, I’ll be explaining four tips to reduce verbal fillers in your speech. I say reduce instead of eliminate because verbal fillers will inevitably arise at some point depending on the circumstance.

  1. Get comfortable with silence (Mindset): We fill in the silence with filler words as a substitute for punctuation (periods and commas) with words such as um, uh, like, you know, etc… Furthermore, when the interaction goes silent we become self-conscious and think we’ll forget what we’re talking about or risk being interrupted mid-speech. If you’re long winded you’ll risk adding fillers as you move your point across. Moreover, whenever I record my podcast episodes I do my best not to add verbal fillers. Once I complete a sentence I stop talking (pause) and resume when ready. This gives the listener the chance to process what they heard.
  1. Develop a new habit with practice: Sometimes we’re unaware we’re saying filler words unless someone brings it to our attention. So to improve, practice slowing down your speech so you don’t stutter and visualize each sentence’s beginning and end. This will allow you to see your filler words stand out and stop yourself before saying them. 

  2. Say “period” and “pause” when practicing by yourself out loud and once you’re comfortable doing that,  say it in your head or use another way so you can remind yourself to pause or end your sentence.
  1. Take a breath: This will help you be more composed and allow your speech to come out clearly.

Are you a receptive bilingual?, It’s all in the language

Do you speak a foreign language other than English? How hard was it for you to learn a new language other than your native one? If you were taught your mother language at a young age, did you retain it and use it to this day or did you become a receptive bilingual? If you’re not familiar with what it means to be receptive bilingual, well it’s being able to fluently understand a language but cannot actively speak it. I’m guilty of being a receptive bilingual and it’s been that way since I was young, from what I can remember I was around five or six when I started to learn to read, write and speak English and the language that was spoken at home (Somali) was starting to dissipate from my everyday speech. Having said that, being a receptive bilingual in my perspective seems to be a blessing, a curse, and here’s why. For one, I can understand a second language but I can only respond in English which makes it challenging when the person you’re trying to convey a message to someone from your culture who barely speaks English. Furthermore, language is a reflection of the culture and it cultivates unity for its people to identify commonality in one another immediately. Moreover, one thing I can say confidently that I didn’t stray from was the culture that the language (Somali) is within, even though I’m a born American and have been westernized to the American culture since I was a child. For some that are receptively bilingual, they probably have had to experience some shame from people of their culture chastising them for not being able to fluently speak their mother tongue and this might cause one to question how connected they are to their culture. So, I pose this question, do you think a part of the culture is absent in an individual if the person is still connected to it even though they have trouble with a vital aspect of the culture which is the language? Let me know down in the comments and thank you for reading.

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