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Challenge #4: Word Weaving
Objective: Your challenge is to invent a word, phrase, or metaphor that you think would make the world a better place and then try to spread it among your friends.
Step One: Invent a word, phrase, or new metaphor. Examples in the book included “strengthness” and new metaphors about arguments, education, and the self. What about love? Maybe we could use a different word to describe our complex feelings. Or maybe we could re-imagine metaphors like “falling in love.” Anything goes.
Step Two: Introduce the word, phrase or metaphor in basic conversation as if the word has always existed and see if your friends catch on and start using it themselves.
Step Three: If they ask about it, give them a strong pitch as to why it should exist.
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Need some inspiration? Click here to check out The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, by John Koenig. Here is one of his pieces on the word “Morri,” a word he invented for “the desire to capture a fleeting experience (length: 3 min). He built the word from “memento” (a small reminder of your own mortality) and “torii,” the traditional Japanese gates that mark the threshold between the profane and the sacred.
Also, John Koenig’s TED Talk (length: 17 min):
Challenge #4 – Word Weaving: This challenge is designed for you to see your own seeing by reflecting on the language and metaphors you use and how you might choose different language or metaphors to change the way you think and act.
QUESTION(s) to answer your post: Did you encounter confusion or acceptance when using your new word/phrase? How did you respond? Triumphs and tribulations? Share your experience. What insights have you had about your own language and thought patterns in the process?
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