Monday, May 14

For John at Romantic Ramblings

I think I found a word for your condition, John***. You know, that one you call "the dreaded C"?

Resistentialism (Noun)

Pronunciation: [re-zis-'ten-chê-li-zêm]

Definition: The mock philosophy by P. Jennings as depicted in The Spectator (1948) claiming that inanimate objects are hostile to humans.

Usage: We are not convinced that its current usage underrepresents its usefulness but we bring it to you, anyway. We can, of course, derive the adjective "resistentialist(ic)" from today's word if the need arises to propagate this lexical lineage.

Suggested Usage: Here is a word we might want to suggest you avoid but, as always, the imaginative will be able to find apropos uses: "My resistentialist bent encourages me to avoid the woods and other areas with lots of hard objects." Should you fall, you might try, "If I were a resistentialist, I would swear that footstool just leapt under my feet from halfway across the room." Then again, you might just lie there silently until medical (or mental) assistance arrives.

Etymology: The word is an artificial concoction of Latin res "thing" + resist laid over "existentialism." Jennings may have gotten his idea from the Russian novel by Yuri Olesha "Envy," whose main character, Nikolai Kavalerov, can't seem to avoid colliding with inanimate objects and is convinced they are conspiring to block his road to success.

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hanulf said...

Um... interesting word... I think I might have just a slight touch of that :)

Thanks for visit earlier - I think we ARE sisters! :D

Michele sent me back to tell you good night!

Duke_of_Earle said...



I've been keeping mum about the dreaded "C" in hopes that it would remain in a semi-dormant state for a while longer. After my old computer fell prey to its clutches. . . and my riding lawn mower literally bit the dust (with its failed blade housing). . . and my home air conditioner is suspiciously weak lately. . . and. . .well, that's enough! Anyway, I certainly did NOT want to reactivate "it" with any further acknowledgement of its existence.


Now your millions of readers AND both of mine will be subject to a barrage of attacks by our homes, appliances, electronics, vehicles, and more!

Besides, as I mention in THIS POST of almost exactly one year ago, my friend from the UK RobotJam pointed out "resistentialism" as the more technically correct word to describe my "Conspiracy."

OH, NO!! Now I'VE said it too!


Badabing said...

Hahaha...that's a good one Judy. Now we'll be able to tease him about both the "C" word and the "R" word.