Tobias developed “Quink” as the opposite of trauma, when an important event changes your life forever, but in a positive way, instead of a damaging one. Rob Brezney popularized the term pronoia, the notion that the world is secretly out to help you have a wonderful time and support you. But there are numerous more terms needed.
Abigail text me the other day that she was meeting with her sexual wellness student group and they were looking for the term for a woman who enjoys sex, has a healthy relationship with it and has it often. This word does not exist (please comment if you know otherwise), but the derogatory terms for sexually active women go on and on.
Websters dictionary claims that “sexism” did not enter our vocabulary until 1969. This has always amazed me. What was the conversation about gender equality like, before these basic ideas we labeled? i am confident that they happened, and i am convinced they were weaker and hampered.
My utopia consists of super cooperators and super appreciators. And especially in the later, English is failing us. We have a constrained vocabulary around appreciation. No terms for smaller appreciations, or life saving/changing ones. There is no term for an appreciation which brings with it an obligation to repay somehow. No term to mark continued persistent efforts, or to commemorate spontaneous acts of good will.
Having new words is the first small but critical step towards changing the culture. We have had the term compersion, for quite some years now, but most polyamorous folx are still taking baby steps when it comes to appreciating their lovers other lovers, much less being excited about them or feeling really good about them.
What new word are you making up today? And how can we use it to craft a conversation which takes us to where we want to be?