Question #24 for CoAnQuMo is a fascinating one, indeed!
Here it is:
What is your favorite word and why?
I think I’m going to have to modify the question to be, “what is ONE of your favorite words and why?” because I have so many beloved words on my list!
Today I am quite fond of the word endometrium. I was scanning my poetry manuscript today noticing my word choice and came upon my poem “Fire”:
The day you were fired
because you were pregnant with me
I felt a tightening inside you,
so I clung to the back wall of your uterus —
the end of the cul-de-sac facing the road out to the cervix.
I scraped the endometrium, rolled a small ball
of the thick blood lining
and sent it down to you
as if to say
take this fire and fight them.
c. Courtney Putnam, 2003
I love the sound of the word, endometrium. This five-syllable word starts off soft with the “n,” “d,” and “m” sounds then then catches me with that strong “t.” The word has an atrium in it, like it is mimicking the shape of the uterus. It then ends with that soft “m,” a cradle, a womb, a soft space to lay your head.
If you aren’t familiar with the endometrium, here’s your little anatomy lesson:
The innermost layer of tissue in the uterus is the mucous membrane, or endometrium. It lines the uterine cavity as far as the isthmus of the uterus, where it becomes continuous with the lining of the cervical canal. The endometrium contains numerous uterine glands that open into the uterine cavity and are embedded in the cellular framework or stroma of the endometrium.
And look at how beautiful it is! “E” points to that hot pink area that is the endometrium.
[image credit: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/186990/endometrium]
In terms of its etymology, endometrium comes from the medical Latin, from endo- (within)+ Greek metra (uterus) related to meter (mother). 1882.
So there you have it, folks! You now know one of my favorite words!
Now I want to know what YOUR favorite words are? What words make you full of glee? What words do you enjoy speaking just because of the sound of them?
with an phosphorescent* endometrial glow,
*another one of my favorite words!