A to Z Challenge 2013

Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for Harbinger

The word Harbinger is one that I previously associated with bad occurrences.  But when I went to verify the definition(s), I found it actually is neither bad nor good:

1.  one that pioneers in or initiates a major change
2.  one that presages or foreshadows what is to come

As you can see, it depends what the person/event is a harbinger of.  The common saying is a harbinger of doom, but you could just as likely be a harbinger of success.

This is just one of those words I like.  I like the way it sounds when I say it.  It even sounds ominous, which it very well could be.

I am the harbinger of more fun words (okay, it doesn't have quite the same impact as harbinger of doom).

What are you a harbinger of?

7 comments:

Rick Daley said...

I am the harbinger of cynicism.

Dawn Embers said...

Interesting. I don't know that I'd really heard the word before. hmmm Great one for today.

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Sara Hill said...

I first heard the word in "the robin is the harbinger of spring." I am the harbinger of success.

Dianna Fielding said...

I'm a harbinger of nerdy learning?

Haha, good post. I think people are afraid of change so that's why this word has negative connotations. Good luck with the challenge!


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Nancy Stewart said...

H is for fun here! Great blog. I enjoyed it.

Joseph said...

I am a harbinger of a bad joke. Here it goes...
I would like to be a harbinger of a Harvey Wallbanger.
Told ya.

Eric said...

Rick - Oh yes you definitely are.

Dawn - Great, glad I could introduce you to it.

Sara - That's interesting. I'd never knew it could be positive before I actually looked up the true definition.

Dianna - Heh heh, that's not too bad either. Learning is always a good thing and us nerdy learners gotta stick together :)

Nancy - Awww, thank you. Glad you stopped by.

Joseph - I don't know, I think that's a pretty intelligent joke LOL.