My last post was news about the word of the year from Dictionary.com. This word was not trendy, new-tech, or whimsical, as words of the past have been. In fact, the meaning of this word is quite ugly. As the concept slithered into our thoughts, we have inundated google searches with the horrible word- xenophobic.
Today, MIriam-Webster is announcing their current word of the year. It is neither “diamonds,” “cupcakes,” or “umbrellas,” as I had wished. It is the word that was most typed into our google searches.
The word is fascism.
So you do not have to type this into your browser, I am providing the definition here:
Fascism: a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.
I have never lived within this mindset and I do not intend to. I want my kids and grandkids to enjoy the same nation in which I have been nurtured. The deeper I look, the more beauty and respect I discover within all races. If one feels differently, may I suggest you eat a meal with someone from a different country. (The International Dinner is a yearly event my wife and I established in 1993.)
I have been thrilled to share my most intimate experiences on social media. Many of you are customers and know I love to design your jewelry. I am also thankful to live in a country where I can express myself in which others may benefit. I have the freedom to make jewelry, to encourage those of all ethnicities to appreciate our mothers and those who are significant in our lives, and to make people smile along the way.
With the help of my friend and master wordsmith @Doug Lowry, we now have a word that means, “One who loves, regards, and watches over the unique aspect of every other person.” The word is Uniphilarsian. Uni (all) + Phil (love) + Lars- Latin lār (“guardian spirit”) from Etruscan + ian- meaning of or relating to.
We soon will be able to give one another a uniphilarsian handshake. We will experience the diverse flavors of food at uniphilarsian banquets. We will become richer in wisdom, culture, and humor at uniphilarsian gatherings.
2016 is not over. I would like everyone to type the word “uniphilarsian” in their browsers. (Are you prepared to do this one hundred times?) Please help us make this word have a permanent place in our dictionary, in our language, and in our thoughts.
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