The English Language is a funny thing. It grows. It changes. Grammar shifts. Words are created, made obsolete, made new. Members of my critique group have called me out on archaic terms more than once. They're always right, even when they're wrong. After all, an archaic term in an archaic world? Totally okay. (Even if the words totally and okay are not). Take that archaic term and push it out to the year 3095? Unless you're going for a post-apocalyptic Victorian cross-breed...then maybe you need to update the vocab. (And, yes, I anticipate "vocab" will be all the rage in 3095).
I have been on both ends of that spectrum. What can I say? I like old words.
This one is new. It's not a real word, not yet. But it has made its way into the Urban Dictionary (www.urbandictionary.com), edging one step closer toward the ultimate goal of making the Oxford or Webster. After all, if muggle can make it...why not delumination?
Delumination. The act of making dark. To dim. To diminish. To obscure.
Perhaps you wonder why we need a word such as "delumination." After all, we do have those other words, wonderful words...dim, diminish, darken. I like them all. And they even start with the letter "d."
I suppose it's connotation for me. I think of lights dimming. I think of life diminishing. I think of the night darkening into the delicious deeps of Winter. I think of those words as somehow gentler than I intend delumination, a moderate action, a graduated incline.
Delumination, for me, is the overt act; it is the sudden dark, the idea made moot, the heart stopped mid-beat on a Tuesday.
This is, perhaps, an arbitrary distinction. Can you really assign connotation to a made-up word? I can, have, do. It is, after all, my blog. I'm allowed to be arbitrary. That's half the fun, right?
A short post tonight, and a confession. I debated delumination. I wondered if there was a better word for "d," a word that didn't have such wonderful (and dictionary-proven) synonyms. But it was, again, the first word (non-word?) that came to mind when I thought about "d"...accompanied by thoughts of the Phantom of the Opera (the musical)...that opening line: "Maybe we can frighten away the ghosts of so many years ago with a little...ILLUMINATION!"
A burst of light and then...darkness!
And I thought, wow, how awesome is that? The contrast between the words spoken and the true intent of the actors on-stage...to instead invite those old ghosts (or their stories) with the delumination of the house-lights, stage-lights, a sudden dark like that last breath before hitting the water.
Yes, I like musicals. And I just went on vacation to New York. Can we say Broadway? Hmm?
So...delumination. Not real...not yet. But maybe someday?