Welcome to Treasure Contained‘s very first edition of Word-Monger Monday! Sounds exciting, right? Well—don’t knock it till you try it. Before we get started, let me explain the inevitable “why?” by spelling out for you my particular brand of nerdiness.
I’m simply fascinated with language!
I am compelled to try to read and understand product labels written in languages I never learned. I have been known to do leisurely reading from the dictionary for extended periods of time. The part of the sermon when the pastor pulls out the Greek and Hebrew is my favorite part. One of my greatest thrills is seeing connections between words and putting together the pieces of an etymological puzzle—all on my own. Then there is that special moment of gloating when I check the online etymology resources and discover that I was right—such a precious feeling. It is second only to dear hubby’s willingness to always be impressed, in spite of being mystified as to why I enjoy such things.
Last week, in casual conversation, my friend used the word ‘narthex’. She just dropped it and went right on. Whoa-whoa-whoa! I don’t know that word. What the heck is a narthex? So today, I’d like to play a little balderdash-type game with ya’all.
If you know the definition of narthex, please leave a comment—including the definition. (This is on the honor system; if you google it, you’re the one who has to live with your conscience.) If you don’t know, I’d still like you to play. Please make up a goofy or even likely sounding definition and comment it. If you are usually a facebook commenter, please comment on this page instead so we can all see your genius.
Later today, I will be posting the true definition. If you already posted the correct answer, I will publicly admit that you are a clever bugger and you know more than I do. Please participate if you are at all inclined—make this poor word-nerd happy!
So without further ado…what is narthex?