Vocab Words

Okay, so this vocabulary word for the week comes with a story. A few weeks ago, I was working on my YA manuscript to get in ready for a whole manuscript class I am taking online. Scrivener (my usually AWESOME software for writers) had troubles, and I lost an entire day of writing work. (As in, irretrievable from my three separate backups AND my computer harddrive. As in GONE.) I cannot relate to you my perplexity in this matter. (I severely understate myself here.) I didn't have TIME for this to happen. My teacher needed my manuscipt and she needed it NOW. I'd scheduled out exactly how many days it would take to finish, and I had promised her a delivery date. HOW COULD THIS HAPPEN???

As you can tell, I had to do some real mental push-ups to get myself back into gear to RE-TYPE everything I’d just done. A lot of pacing/circling around the room was involved before I could sit back down at my computer and do this RE-TYPE activity two days later.

At the end of the day that first day, I went to sleep thinking about my conundrum and how to fix it. (Maybe my manuscript would suddenly appear out of nowhere? Maybe I just hadn't been searching for it hard enough?) In the middle of that night, I woke up at 2am. I know this is going to sound crazy, but a voice in my head told me to look up the word APLOMB. It was weird, but I was half-asleep, so I just made note of the unfamiliar word and went back to sleep.

The next day, in the afternoon, I remembered the voice, and the word, APLOMB, and I looked it up on my phone.

I was surprised, awed, and completely satisfied to find that this is the definition:



1. self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation.

Origin: Aplomb comes from the French word meaning "perpendicularity," from the phrase à plomb for "poised upright, balanced."

My brain, my God, my subconscious, the ether, they had delivered me the RIGHT word exactly when I needed it. Was I going to approach this issue with APLOMB or was I going to gripe and moan and lose more hours of time wishing it all hadn’t happened?

I’m happy to say, I chose APLOMB. : )

I also learned another valuable lesson that night.

I think I’d come across this word, aplomb, a long time ago, but it was not accessible to my conscious mind by any means. We study vocabulary words around our house, and I type all day, so words filter into my brain, sometimes stick, sometimes don’t.

BUT, that night, I learned that ALL THOSE VOCAB WORDS ARE STILL IN THERE! It was a really cool, empowering revelation.

So. Aplomb.

Awesome word. Awesome meaning.

Get yourself some APLOMB today.


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