Monday, October 15, 2007


I just spontenously added the word "concomitant" to a paper I am writing (Korean apologies).

I'm just surprised I knew the word. I can't define it, but I knew it was the exact word I was looking for. It's odd that way. I've never been a dictionary user, ever, and I can't tell you what most things mean with any precision. But I know it's the word I want here. Native language use is all about feel.


Robin S. said...

Hi paca,

I know what you mean. Words just come from somewhere, don't they? Like we've got this treasure trove of hidden vocabulary from all the reading that we've done, and it slides out from old filing cabinets at the appropriate time. I always like dictionaries- I'm one of those people who read them for fun- especially interested in etymology, kind of "the meaning behind the meaning".

I agree totally that native language is all about feel, as long as you have a good grounding behind you.

I do second guess myself though - when writing on blogs. I've found myself checking words I took for granted I knew - as you say- the meaning of - maybe without precision - but still.

N said...

I have to admit though to not knowing what "concomitant" means. And then I was trying to remember if I had ever heard the word. Seen perhaps, heard? I wonder if it is word ever outside of written language. Is there a term for that, words that are not spoken, but written.

FYI -- concomitant was the word of the day on July 1, 2000.

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