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  • D A Korczynski Hennessy

Pandemically Speaking . . .

Updated: Aug 1

Now I've done it! I've joined the crew of language inventors in this increasingly crazy world of ours! I've been sucked into the vortex of whirling vocabulary without so much as an invitation. How did it happen? I was simply sitting here in front of my keyboard meditating on the many effects that the Covid-19 Virus has had on my family and my life. The title phrase popped into my wandering mind and my fingers tapped uncontrollably with speed.


People have often said that I am a "wordsmith." The connotation pleases and suits me; I work with words every day. Be it in writing a note online, a poem about a thought that zoomed through my mind or simply by writing a check, I seem to exude words. Today though, I have crossed the grammatical line and invented my own word: P-A-N-D-E-M-I-C-A-L-L-Y.


I don't admit to this easily either! I am a constant critic of those who would destroy our language by iterating words that defy my upbringing by the good Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary . . . words that have not a line on a sentence diagram. Remember them? I used to love diagramming sentences. I still imagine the proper placement of words on a diagram; especially when I'm listening to news broadcasts or reading articles in printed material.


My biggest question of "these trying times" is: what is "social distancing"? If the definition of the word social is considered, it does not pair logically with the word distance at all. The Merriam Webster Dictionary even goes so far as to say that social means "not alone." If we are being social, we are in the presence of others who are "needing companionship." Distance can't be a part of companionship. I'm glad that I'm not responsible for inventing THAT phrase! It only begs the question!


As far as my new hobby of word inventing is concerned, I will never be charged or blamed for any mistakes; for like The Lone Ranger and Zorro, I wear a mask!



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