Today, friends, I opened the dictionary and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but the word vespertine. I wasn’t looking for it (I was actually looking for another word for today’s post but couldn’t remember it. I can only remember the definition which does nothing to help you find the word in the dictionary). And vespertine just came to me. It’s like we were destined to be together. Sometimes you just get lucky.
And this one, unlike most of the words I attempt to reintroduce to the English-speaking population or to those trying to learn English as a second language on a very relaxed, one-word-per-week basis, you really could use. Not in a normal way, of course, because people don’t just throw around the word, vespertine, every day, but it’s a word that can be used in many situations, and so I’ve decided to start the vespertine revolution right here, right now. Today!
One day you’ll all sit back and recall where you were when this revolution hit the street. Or the internet as that is now the place where all revolutions transpire. “I remember where I was when that revolution broke out,” you’ll collectively say. “I was at my computer. On Twitter when I should have been feeding my kids but I got sucked in because do you know how many tweets there were out there? Like a million, and it was super hard to keep up. But I try.” You’ll drift off in revelry as you reminisce about when Twitter was the quickest way to communicate with vast numbers of people when now all you have to do is blink and any thought in your head gets directly sent out over brainwaves to everyone on the internet. “And that’s when I saw it,” you’ll say, snapping pack into present day. “Vespertine. It was so alluring, so captivating. I had to know what it meant.”
This is what it means.
Vespertine – (ves per tin or ves per tine) adj. 1. Of, pertaining to, or occurring in the evening. 2. Appearing in or flying in the early evening, crepuscular.
Crepuscular – (kri pus q ler) adj. Of or pertaining to or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct.
Vespertide – (ves per tide) n. The period of vespers; evening.
Vespertinal – see vespertine.
The variety uses in a sentence:
Summer is the season of celebrations and get-togethers so on your next party invitation write: You are cordially invited to the vespertinal event of the summer. Your guests will have no idea what you’re talking about, but you’re bound to have their attention, and no doubt they’ll show up to find out.
If you feel like a formal invitation just isn’t you, you could always greet your guests on the appointed date with, “I’m so glad you could come this vespertide. I know the summer is a busy time for everyone, but we bought a case of wine and tonight just as the sun slips over the horizon during the period of vespers we are going to open them all, raise our glasses up and celebrate.”
While enjoying a number of glasses of wine as you entertain your guests out on the expansive veranda, you might take the opportunity to observe nocturnal creatures or point out indigenous flora. “Oh look,” you say, pointing skyward, “there’s a bat. We see them flying about every night at this time. They are crepuscular creatures, you know.”
See the many, many ways you can work this word and all of its associates into sentences? Now you try. But before you do, I must mention the other brilliant idea I came up with.
You know those vampire books and the subsequent movies that were kind of popular? They totally should have named the series Crepuscule. Think about how much better it would have been for publicity and sales. I mean, sure the books were on The New York Times best sellers list for years and the books were turned into a series of blockbuster movies, but with a name like Crepuscule it could have been even bigger. The name positively screams mysterious, creepy, other-worldly, vampirey things. It’s perfect. I totally should have gone into publicity. I just have a knack for that kind of stuff.
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