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When you learn a new word, i.e. a word that is new to you but is actually often a very old word (otherwise you would know it already), in a language you speak, or even more so in a language you are learning – but let’s revise that, no matter how well you know a language you are still, always learning it – so as I was saying, when you discover a previously unfamiliar word in a language you are learning you tend to repeat it, to try to find different opportunities to use it for the pleasure of having acquired it. You know somehow that if you don’t use the word it will disappear. Or the word knows it has to get itself used in order to survive, so it makes you keep finding appropriate or even incongruous, ridiculous opportunities for its deployment. The honeymoon with the new word can last days, weeks, months, even years, depending on the evocative power and versatility of the term concerned. The playful reiteration of the word’s insertion in everyday situations can also trigger a strange complicity between two or more people who are “in on” the game of testing and consolidation of this new addition to the vocabulary. Trying out the word in as many situations as possible helps you to explore all its overtones and connotations, which can be many more than you might have imagined at first. The word’s components and their synonyms start to acquire new suggestive potency.
Sometimes a word will stick and become a permanent part of the verbal baggage of a couple, a parent and child, a group of friends or even a larger social agglomeration, a class, a school, a generation, a profession.
Try using the word and its parts, even inappropriately, in a surreal, absurd way.
Let its repetition taint and color everything it touches.