This post is part of Linda G Hill’s “Stream of Consciousness Saturday” — Click and read, click and join in! Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: use a word, anywhere in your post, that begins with the prefix “de-.” Extra points if your word ends with “ed”! It’s all about the fun – have some!
So, just because it’s A to Z April, that doesn’t mean my C has stopped S-ing ! Today, my husband and I went to the library. You know, that place that is full of books? Well, this library…not as many books. There is a new library in town called Library 21C. And actually, it’s kind of great. There are tons of events, and Makerspace, and learning opportunities of all kinds there. The building itself is really nice, and there are books, too. But unlike a “traditional” library, the books are not the main star. They have a main role, an important part, yes, but not the only thing. The main thing about this library is the creation of space for…creation! 3-D printers, classes, art, vitamin D (tons of windows and a patio too!)
Anyway, my husband was talking about all this great stuff, and how maybe in the future libraries wouldn’t have books at all, you’d just request something from a catalog and get it in some electronic form. Yes, there would still be the computers and the Makerspace and the classrooms and study groups and all that, just not the actual physical books. I reminded him that we saw Dr. Who disprove that with the existence of the planet-sized library of the 51st century. He reminded me that the place was infested with flesh-devouring alien life-forms. Yeah. Whatever!
I was thinking of the fact that if you want something online, you really need to know exactly what you’re looking for. There’s no “browsing.” There’s no wandering aimlessly until something strikes your fancy. Not really. I guess wasting time on Pinterest comes close, but it just isn’t as cool. For instance, I recently went to a used bookstore (love those places. love the smell. love the book-dust that you have on your hands afterwards…) Anyway, I found a nice 1995 French Dictionary. “Le Petit LaRousse Illustré” to be exact. I bought it. Why? Because as wonderful as WordReference and all those other online dictionnaires are, there is no substitute for just flipping through, say, the “D” section looking for new and interesting words. So I thank you very much, Linda, for helping me justify my giant dictionnaire. Because I found the perfect word for your SoCS today…
“Déambuler” – Se promener ça et là, marcher sans but. Which means “going here and there, walking aimlessly.” And that is exactly how I found this word! Okay, not “walking” exactly, but figuratively “walking” through the “Dé-” section!
à lundi, chers lecteurs ! Le “A to Z” continuera !