Thursday, July 14, 2005

i also like ‘ubiquitous’

Today I got one of those email things where you copy and paste and fill in all these answers about yourself. This one had a great question: what’s your favourite word? Of course I answered ubiety. This is a fabulous word. First of all it only appears in a handful of dictionaries and spell checker will probably think it’s a typo, so you’re ahead of most other average shlubs in seeming intelligent. Also the word form is nice. I like u and o words, it’s small and to the point and it has the b and y at opposing ends for balance. Truly a thing of beauty. Now on to the definition. You get variations but it’s pretty much the same:

ubiety n. state of being in a place; 'thereness'; position

u·bi·e·ty (yū-bī'ĭ-tē) n. The condition of being located in a particular place.

Ø ubiety n : the state of existing and being localized in space

I love that. The 'condition of being’. Well that’s something we all have in common, whether we like it or not.

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