It’s time to stake out some territory that’s just ours, just for lesbians. Our club. I’m all for acceptance, being able to get what everybody else gets, but this assimilation thing is a bit much.
To counter this assimilation, (aka invisibility, homogenization) I am suggesting that we create our own language, using long-lost words, and begin to use them to reinforce the notion that if you are a lesbian, there is a language you speak that only other lesbians will understand. And I will state for the lesbian record that these words are my choices, based on my lesbian life experience: these words speak to me. I have said these words over and over all week.
As to their origins: the words are old and nearly forgotten, but were found and given new life in a 2009 cool art show, The Art of Lost Words.
I’m certain that the artists won’t mind that I use the words they found to be part of a 21st century, nascent Lesbian Lexicon. However, I can’t do it alone. How about a wee, friendly game? Use each word in a sentence, or all of them in a paragraph? Tasteful. Thoughtful. Fun. Anything really as long as it’s respectful. Wouldjya? Couldjya? Please?
If none of the words here appeal to you, feel free to submit your word, along with an example of how and when to use it.
Once we have enough examples of how the words are easy to use, I think we can start the process of spreading the lesbian words.
REDAMANCY: n. the act of loving in return
MURKLINS: adv. in the dark; as in ‘stumbling murklins’
CACOTOPIA: n. a state in which everything is as bad as can be
ANTITHALIAN: adj. opposed to fun or festivities
GAUDILOQUENT: adj. speaking joyfully or on joyful matters
LABASCATE: v. to begin to fall or slide
Words are magic, opening imagination, opening hearts, opening mind. Our words can be splendiforously inspiring, magicmaginations: heartstealing, soothing, igniting fierceness and deep calm, happykindasad.
Maybe it’s just me and my madness for words. But since there are 10 people now who read this blog, I’d like to see if we can’t in our own quiet and determined way, do something fun that fights the good fight against unnecessary invisibility and assimilation.
<Stepping down from the pink soapbox> In a week or so, I’ll gather up all the deliciousness of the offerings for a new Lesbian Lexicon, and make a special post.
Thank you and I really, really, look forward to hearing from you.