Flamboyant

December 24, 2017 · By Vocab Girl Leave Comment

flamboyant
\flam-BOY-ant\
adjective

: marked by or given to strikingly elaborate or colorful display or behavior

Flamboyant was borrowed from French in the 19th century, and can be traced back to Old French flambe, meaning “flame.” In its earliest recorded uses it described a style of architecture in the florid French Gothic style, which featured waving curves that suggested flames. Eventually, the word developed a more general sense for anything eye-catching or showy. And of course, Old French flambe is also the origin of the English adjective flambé.

As I believe I have talked about before, I was part of a “Word Group” in 2017. It was a circle of 8 women who all chose a word to theme their year. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I started. I missed the first month, but, being Vocabulary Girl, I HAD to play along. I struggled to make my selection and ultimately chose “Resolve.” It was a hard word. I wrote it on a rock in February and it sat on my dresser for the duration of the year. At times I resented it. It would rattle each time I slammed my drawers shut….taunting me. In April I decided it was a mistake and I thought my word needed to be “Release,” as I gave myself permission to take a break from my daily posts. I regained my resolve in the fall and worked my way to finish out my year. It has been interesting to say the least. I don’t know how many people read these. I hope they are worthwhile to someone other than me….but even if they are just for me, I can definitely say that I have learned and grown a lot through this challenge. I always bite off more than I can chew. That is pretty much par for the course for me. I am not sure what my next chapter will bring. I will reflect on that over the next week. In my Words Circle, for our last meeting we all had to bring a gift that symbolized our word and we did some sacred ceremony, stated what we learned, thanked and released it and then burned our papers. We then randomly exchanged our word gifts with each other. The way it played out was incredible and couldn’t have been more perfect even if we had tried. The new word I received was IGNITE! I am already really liking it. It is perfectly paired with today’s flamboyant! My Dad would say, “Go big or go home!” Time to go all out because the time is now! Seize the day! I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas Eve Day!

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