A to Z Challenge 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013


I wracked my brains all day trying to come up with something in writing that starts with J.  Finally, I decided to just talk about one of my favorite J words - Juxtaposition.  In case you're unfamiliar with this word, it means:

"The act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side."

First off, I just really like the sound of this word.  I don't know why.  Maybe it's because it sounds fancy or intelligent to use it?  Or maybe I just like the odd quality of how it's spelled and how it's pronounced.  Whatever it is, this word is one of those words that I would love to put in a story and have it sound appropriate.

It's interesting looking up who has used this word in what books.  What I found is that many writers use examples of juxtaposition, from Shakespeare to Dostoevsky to so many more.  But it is actually difficult to find a use of the actual word (or even juxtapose).  Maybe I didn't search long enough, but I have decided that if I ever am able to use this word effortlessly, I'll be a truly good writer.  Or something like that.

What is one of your favorite J words?


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Rebeccah Giltrow said...

Juxtapose is my favourite word too. I would make sure I used it in every university essay because it's such a great word. And a high Scrabble score too :D

Eric said...

Rebeccah - I've tried to use it in essays but I haven't found a good way yet. It's not an easy one, but it is definitely cool. And yes, it's an AWESOME Scrabble word.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Eric .. I'm doing a catch up session - I'm sure I use Juxtapose quite often ... but context wise not exactly sure when.

It is a wonderful word though .. and I love the fact that Shakespeare and Dostoevsky used it as well ..

Cheers and have a good week - Hilary