Well, before you mosey away without finding out the meaning of this wonderful word, read on:
(compliments of Merriam Webster)
Pronunciation: \dī-ˈdak-tik, də-\
Etymology: Greek didaktikos, from didaskein to teach
1 a : designed or intended to teach b : intended to convey instruction and information as well as pleasure and entertainment
2 : making moral observations
— di·dac·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective
— di·dac·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
— di·dac·ti·cism \-tə-ˌsi-zəm\ noun
So, how marvelous that the REASON this is a didactic post is that its main purpose is to teach the meaning of the word didactic?
I think a lot about words. I was born with a love of words. I said my first one when I was 5 1/2 months old. (Nature Boy spoke at 6 months with "mama"; Amilia followed suit, saying "dada" at 5.5 months.) I have always had a voracious appetite for words. I have been told that I use uncommon words in everyday speech. I have been told that some are put off by this, as some think it is an attempt to impress or intimidate. I have been told by some "I have no idea what you just said." I have been told that I know these words because of my course of study in college...or because I went to college. While I credit my educational path some because I learned industry specific words and jargon there, this indictment (accusation of only knowing certain words because of college degree) is mostly off the mark.
I have been lovingly called Webster and Worm (bookworm) by my family since I was about six years old, and if anybody ever needed to know a word, the pronunciation of a word, or the spelling of a word, they came to me. I participated in spelling bee every year from 4th through 12th grade. I got close enough to Nationals one year to almost "taste" it. I have often read the dictionary for fun. On my lunch breaks. (Megan, do you remember my word of the day emails?) In fact, I lament the fact that in recent years, I have fallen off my game somewhat. My memory and instinctive spelling ability are not what they once were. But my love of words prevails, and I continue to consult the dictionary often.
Grammatically, I often choose to break rules. Especially in my blog. Like, how I sometimes make use of sentence fragments. And end sentences with prepositions. And other small infractions. Sometimes, I have typos or other unintentional mistakes. I am okay with this.
All of this brings me to the conclusion that I miss Word Wednesday. I have forgone my self-created meme of teaching words for fun on Wednesdays because I found the Change the World Wednesday challenge a worthwhile endeavor. But I have given up my words in exchange for consorting with eco-warriors. And I feel a void.
So, I will either be sharing two posts on Wednesdays, or I will be moving Change the World Wednesday posts to my sister blog, Sharing Our Gifts, or I will just offer a smattering of Word Wednesday inspired posts on days other than Wednesday.
What do you think?