In college, I joined a sorority. (I know I lose nerd points for this, but it’s necessary to explain the blog title.)
Shortly after becoming a member, I took on the nerdiest job you can have: Vice President of Academic Development. This basically meant I was in charge of making sure the other girls didn’t flunk out of college. I mean, really, what’s the point of saying you were in a sorority if you never actually obtained a degree?
As the VPAD I tracked GPAs, mandated study hours for those people who apparently weren’t doing it on their own, and helped fill out scholarship applications. I also tried to come up with new and interesting ways to make learning fun. Toilet Terms became my most popular invention. Each Monday before our chapter meeting, I would post a vocabulary word to the inside of each bathroom door in the house. My thought was that if you’re going to spend a decent amount of time in there, you might as well learn something.
So I chose words students should know, words students think they know but always get wrong, words that are commonly misspelled, and so on. I had no idea that this would become so popular. It got to the point where people were coming up to me on Mondays asking if I had posted the next word yet.My nerdy side was not-so-secretly rejoicing. People were actually enjoying learning new things. I could only hope that after I was gone the excitement for learning wouldn’t dissipate.
When I graduated and got a “real” job, I discovered many business professionals – even CEOs – who could have used a few Toilet Terms in their life. Sending an email to the entire company with ‘their’ instead of ‘there,’ really? I was shocked. Who decided we should stop having vocabulary lessons after we leave school?
In that same spirit, I think I’ll bring back Toilet Terms! Well, ok maybe I’ll let that title stay at the sorority house…but at the end of each blog, I will include a vocabulary word. Hopefully, you’ll learn a little something. We’ll start with one that has been used to describe me on several occasions.
Loquacious (adj.): 1. Full of excessive talk
For use in a sentence, I chose an example from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: “Viktor’s more of a physical being. I just mean he’s not particularly loquacious.”