Are you a flaneur? #writebravely

“Er, what? What word is that? Has she begun her post with a typo?” I can so hear you wondering! Well, no, it isn’t a typo and I am not out of my mind!

FLANEUR (n): someone who strolls aimlessly, observing life and their surroundings.

And, I am a flaneur!

Still perplexed?

Okay, let me begin from the beginning. Few months ago, when I was looking for a name for my new blog, I needed something unusual; a name that was not the kind one would come across everyday. A name that, in its unusualness, held the meaning of my thoughts on my life, and myself.

After an extensive search for the right word, I came across this list of unusual words on Pinterest, where I stumbled upon this beautiful word,

Metanoia: the journey of changing one’s mind, heart, self and way of life.

It felt just perfect!

I was so looking for a change. A change that would define me as a person, and make me feel proud of myself. And, Metanoia fit the bill!

As I went through the list of the words, I also came across some that seemed to describe me as a person so perfectly. My passions, my idiosyncrasies, my fantasies. You know, there is a word that also stands for the number 8! Well, I was born on the 8th, so I had to add it to my list of favourites!

So, here are some of my favourite unusual words. Go ahead and pick those which describe you, as well! In fact, you could drive away your boredom looking for unusual words of your choice! It’s such fun, you know!?

So, let’s begin.

1. agdoad (n): the number 8.

I am an agdoad…born on the 8th! A number that brings good fortune, by the way. And, I was always under the impression that those born on the 8th are dogged by misfortune all their lives! Utter rubbish!

2. nefelibata (n): one who lives in the clouds of their own imagination.

I do! I do! My dad gifted me the moniker, “Dream girl” when I was a kid! My head has always been in the clouds!

3. Thalassophile: A lover of the sea/ocean.

I am one! I could spend my life living on a beach, gazing at the endless blue waters, listening to the roar of the ocean, collecting shells as I lose myself amidst the waves all day long!

4. solivagent: wandering alone.

Again, I can so indulge in this activity. I, being my favourite companion, can wander aimlessly, or just go anywhere by myself! Ah, bliss!

5. Selenophile: a person who loves the moon.

Thanks to my mother, moon-gazing was the favourite part of my after-dinner walks with her, before I got married. Now, I do it alone, when out on my late-evening walks.

6. Simpatico: a likeable person, easy to get along with.

At the risk of sounding vain, I am one. Well, my friends can vouch for it, I hope. I can be quiet, engrossed in my thoughts and all that, but, once you come to know me better, once we bond, you will be glad we met (Whoa! Keep that vanity in check, girl!)

So, what do you think? No, not about me as a person, but about the words! Did you find some that, perhaps, describe you, too? Do let me know! Maybe we could look for some more unusual words to talk about! They are difficult to pronounce, though, but we could have fun trying it out!



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Published by shilpagupte

Do you know the secret to living a happy life? Eat. Pray. Love. Or, watch what you eat, wish well for all and fill your heart with love! That's precisely what I try to do through my blogs: 'Metanoia', the wellness blogazine, and 'Fictionista', my blog for fiction and non-fiction. Welcome to my virtual homes!

37 thoughts on “Are you a flaneur? #writebravely

  1. Very interesting! Loved the new words. to really learn any language you must know its crazies..and I think you have found yours. πŸ™‚

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  2. This was an interesting read. These tough words remind me of the times I was preparing for CAT with a coaching institute where we, the students, were asked to memorize the words and their meanings from the vocabulary cards. It was completely useless as I couldn’t remember even one. Thus, I am sure I will not remember any one of these words you have listed here. The interesting part, however, is knowing more of you. One question – howcome you thought people born on 8th are the unfortunate ones? If this were to be true I would have all the more unfortunate because my birth date involves two 8s (8*2=16).

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    1. Well, Anamika, about the misunderstanding about the number 8…I will tell you some other day (in private!). It’s a long story. But, I am so happy that it’s all got cleared now…So, I guess, I should thank my lucky stars…and my lucky number!


  3. Love it totally. 2,4 and 6 are so me! yeah, I can be predictable talkative one moment and going into the silent mode the next. Flaneur was one word I was struggling to find while writing something. Bring more πŸ™‚

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  4. Shilpa, what a great list! I love the words you’ve dug up for us πŸ™‚ I am an Agdoad too, born on the lucky date 8th. I think I am all the things on your list except the 5th one, I am not too fond of the moon.

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  5. This is great…I’ve learnt about so many new words that I hadn’t heard of before! Can relate to most of them from what you describe of them…Well except for being an ‘agdoad’, I’m all of the words you’ve listed here…and I knew from the day I came upon this new blog design of yours, that our tastes in many things match. Always a Simpatico, here, and I love when I meet one too, in the virtual or the real world! :))

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      1. Yes, Shilpa. Would be fantastic to meet in person, someday. Will let you know if I’m coming to Mumbai. Likewise, if you’re in Blr, just drop me a line and we can sync up. πŸ™‚

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  6. Never heard even one of those words. I’d like to believe I’m a Simpatico of course. And I’m a TwentyAgdoad – born on the 28th! Hee hee.

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  7. You know what… You found all the right words for me. How beautiful they aound and how perfectly they define my feelings. So glad you shared them πŸ˜€

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  8. I love words!!! The more unusual, the better. I am definitely a selenophile.I get so excited when I see the moon wax and wane and the full moon brings a special happiness to me. I think that I’m also simpatico… although, since I am a girl, it would be simpatica. Great blog post!

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  9. Awesome words! Never heard either of them. When I saw Metonia on your blog, I was wondering but did not not make the effort to understand it. Now it makes so much sense. Sometimes, I wonder there are no many things to learn that it actually never ends. What a great post!

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  10. Iam a solivagent then. I love walking alone watching the beauty of nature. Oh my God! So many new words. Enjoyed reading your post but iam not sure if i can remember atleast one from your post πŸ€”

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