The title is actually one of the topic ideas from Chris Brogans 100 Blog/Podcast Topics to write about. It just happens to be a perfect fit for what I want to write about today…so I will use it AND can cross it off the idea list at the same time.
After all, if I don’t say it, I really doubt anyone will. It isn’t a popular thing to talk about…and by popular I don’t mean politically correct. In this case, I am saying that it isn’t popular as in nobody knows about it. And no I am not talking about a hidden birthmark (mine is on my leg and I would be glad to show you if you want) or some random factual occurrence that only my family would know about. Have I lost you yet? Okay, good. Keep reading.
Gloaming is not an action verb. There, it is done. Like I said, somebody had to say it. You may think it is an action verb because of the “ing” ending, but no-siree-bob. Gloaming isn’t even a verb. It is a noun. What? Who creates a word, says it is a noun, and ends it with “ing”. Oh yeah, the guy that created the word “bling”, as in what many of us wear to accent our apparel.
We could have all continued on in our ignorance and misunderstanding, but it just had to be the word of the day on my Merriam-Webster desktop word app. The word has been there all day, staring me down like I was some idiot that didn’t know what it was. Then I had to admit my lack of knowledge and click on the word to see the definition. Oh the humiliation.
Have you looked it up in the dictionary yet? Don’t bother. Gloaming is another word for twilight. No, not THE Twilight with werewolves and vampires, twilight…the period of the day also known as dusk when the sun has set on the horizon but is still lighting the sky.
The sample sentence that the dictionary gives is “The crickets were chirping in the gloaming as the newlyweds walked hand in hand.” ROTFLMBO! Sounds like a cheesy opening to a sappy romance novel. Oh wait, it might have been. And some of my friends and family like reading those things so I guess I shouldn’t be so harsh. In fact, maybe I should try to pen something clever with the word “gloaming” in it.
“It was gloaming when the ship docked, and because of the lack of light it almost ran aground.”
It makes the word sound more like a condition of choppy waves or some other physical occurrence that would cause problems for a docking ship. Oh well, I really doubt I will use it in the book I am writing. I much rather would describe “dusk” than gloaming. After all, my readers know what dusk is. If I didn’t want them to know what words meant, I would go ahead and throw in a Portuguese word every other sentence. Something like, “Fred was a kind-hearted fubeca that didn’t know a thing about art.” You would look at that and think how verbose I must be that I can use such uncommon words and sound so intellectual. Well you would be correct, but the word isn’t even a real word. It is slang.
But enough of that, you get my point. Some words just don’t make sense and probably shouldn’t even exist. Gloaming is one of them. But then again, now that the books and movies are out and I have gotten sick of hearing about some guy named Edward, maybe twilight is the word we should get rid of and gloaming is the one we should use more. Like I said, somebody had to say it.
Just another view from a Palmtree.