Exquisite Wordiness



Hi bookworms! Welcome to my weekly meme: Exquisite Wordiness! If you still don’t know what this is all about, here’s a brief introduction: basically, Exquisite Wordiness is a “Word of the Week” kind of post, but every month there will be a sort of theme and all the words most be related to it.

September’s theme is “I Know That Feeling“. Remember those weird emotions you feel once in a while when you suddenly realise how small you are or how your life as been sort of meaningless so far? We all experienced these sort of feelings, but we aren’t really able to describe them in sentence, let alone in a single word. Well, allow me to enlighten you.

This week’s word is Chrysalism! It is one of those words that refuse to appear in a normal dictionary but believe me – it exists. Check out this definition from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (by the way – how cool a name is that?):

Chrysalism n. the amniotic tranquility of being indoors during a thunderstorm

I love thunderstorms. More than hazy mornings and much more than hot, sunny days. First of all, I’m a winter girl. Actually, I was born in the first days of spring, but the weather is still cold by then, so…

Although summer is great because of holidays and all, I’d rather be indoors during a thunderstorm than tanning in the beach – I know, I know – I sound like a lunatic for many of you, I’m sure, but this is who I am.

Just imagine yourself wrapped in a cozy blanket, wearing a comfy sweater, large, warm socks and some cute mittens. A cup of hot chocolate in your hand, a heavy book in your lap. These are things that you can only do in winter (autumn too, as well :p) so please don’t tell me that you don’t like cold days!

Now, what’s so great about thunder? Well, I most emphasise  that I only like thunder at night. I love lying down on my bed, wrapped in about five blankets, watching the rays scratching the night sky. The bluish light floods my room and then that powerful rumble echoes around me. It’s both magical and terrifying – I don’t mean “terrifying” in a bad way – What I mean is that it feels good to witness the beautiful power of nature while you are safe and cozy indoors. It makes you feel quite small and naive in the presence of something so great.

What is the problem with thunderstorms during day-light? I just feel that it loses a bit of its magic –  you can’t see the light rays so half the fun is gone, right?

Watching a thunderstorm is something both tranquil and thrilling, a some-what supernatural experience that can truly make you feel at peace with yourself and the world around you. Yes, when I was little I was afraid of thunder but somehow I learned to love it and it’s quite amazing to fall asleep to a rumbling sky.

So, what are your thoughts on Chrysalis? Do you love thunder as much as I do? I hope that you’ll use this word sooner or later – even if it’s just to show off to your friends :p

Come back next Monday for another “I Know That Feeling” word!

Watch your step, or you may fall down the reading hole!

2 thoughts on “Chrysalism

  1. It's funny that I just happened to come across this post while there's a thunderstorm going on outside. Chrysalism…I love it. I think this is probably going to be my new favourite blog series—I'm a word nerd, so I'm sure I'll be here again next week!



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