At times some words just stick to you. Like a song that you listen to early in morning and no matter what you do, you keep humming the song all day long. You listen to a word, read it, or hear about it from somewhere and you can never get it out. With songs, at least I can forget the song I was humming when I wake up the next morning; I can never say that it has been the same for words. I remember some words from my childhood, and I remember exactly when and how I came across that specific word.
Take for instance the word – Arboreous. The spell checkers of MS Word & FF say, the spelling is wrong, the right spelling is Arborous. The dictionary proves both of them wrong. Anyway, I first came across this arcane word around 12-15 years back in a Jughead comic when he was trying to improve his vocabulary, and was concentrating on the ‘A’ section of the dictionary. Since then this word has always been at the periphery of the circle of my used words, but I never got around to actually using it. I always remembered its meaning though – Jughead had used it to describe the freeways and the over-bridges, saying that it means something that has a tree like structure.
How come I remember this word after so many years, you ask, and go ahead to write a post on one specific word? Well recently in Mahabaleshwar, I came across a tree, shot a photograph of the seemingly tangled branches and when I was naming the shot this was the only word that came to my mind – Arboreous.