[Warning: This post may contain traces of Coldplay.]
I can't remember whether or not we've had this discussion, [no, not about the merits of Coldplay, this is my blog, and while you're here you'll just have to put up with my musical preferences ...]
No, I mean the discussion about my 'Word of the Year 2011'? Did I ever mention it? If I can't remember ... I really don't expect you to, but either way ... the word I chose was 'And'.
I can't honestly say it has become anything I consciously think about day-in day-out. But neither have I entirely forgotten about it.
To be truthful, my decision to go for 'And' probably had a lot to do with my fondness for ampersands. [Which, now I've said that out loud sounds more weird then it was just in my punctuation-mark-loving-head!].
James gave me the wooden '&' for Christmas and Kirsty sent me the necklace, both of which hang in the hallway:
I made the page for a feature in Issue 27 of Creativity! Magazine and was just reminded of it when sifting through my picture folders over the last few days for past magazine projects to post to my Flickr gallery.
Apart from loving the ampersand ... I also chose 'And' because it's a positive word: this and that; me and you; and then what?; and after that?; and .. and .. and ...
It contains its own company. It sits in-between two other things.
It promises more. It hints at a future.
It implies something else is on its way, coming up next.
It reflects my tendencies to get distracted, to start new things, take on another idea, another project and then another.
And ... and this is where Coldplay make their appearance. When I heard their latest song:
One line in particular leapt out at me making me smile in recognition. When I heard the words:
"I'd rather be a comma than a full-stop"
... I thought ... "Yes! That's it! That's what I meant when I chose 'And'!"
I too would rather be a comma than a full-stop. Commas are open to the possibility of more, they leave the path open for something to follow on behind, they're another way of saying say 'and then ... and then ... and then ...'.
And ... should I ever decide to get a tattoo that means something to me, I'm thinking that a '&' and a ',' might be relatively painless option!
OK, enough of me and my Coldplay/punctuation tendencies. I'll hand over to you to confess:
- Did you choose a word of the year?
- Have you lived by it, or forgotten all about it?
- Do you have a secret crush on any particular punctuation marks? Are you slyly eyeing up my last question mark? Are you?
Thanks for reading me today ... and all the other days too.