16 February 2011

Word of the Week - My Favourite Word - Serendipity

Do you feel like your vocabulary could do with a little zhushing?  Then this is the space for you!
Each week I will unearth a new word to play with.  If you would like to join in, write a post incorporating this week's word, then come back and leave a comment with your link so what we can all read your work.
To make it easy for us to find your WW entry, incorporate the button into your post.
This week is a bit special because I'm revealing my favourite word of all time, so without further ado, here it is....


[nAn unsought, unintended, and/or unexpected discovery 
and/or learning experience that happens by accident and sagacity.
In the case of this blog - mostly of the 'lovely' vairety.

This word has been on my lips since I was quite little.  
The memory of when I first discovered it has gone now, but I can tell you it has been a constant friend.
I love its musicality, the way it bounces off the lips and of course there's the fact that it rhymes with my tongue-twistingly long name - Felicity....serendipity!

If you love words the way that I do [I'm winking at you Jane], you'll be interested to learn that this one is quite modern.

It was first coined by Horace Walpole in 1754 in 'The Three Princes of Serendip", the title of a fairy tale in which the heroes "were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of."

This is resonant with my blogging experience, I can't tell you the number of discoveries, new ideas, wonderful people and beautiful things I've accidentally stumbled upon.

So eight months ago, when I decided to take the leap and create my own blog, the name came fairly quickly.....well almost.
I originally had the title as 'Six Gifts of Serendip' and if you receive an email from me, you will see 'giftsofserendip' in the tag.  "Why six gifts?" I hear you ask...well I know that Kym will be anyway, here's a quick explanation.

I'd filled notebooks with ideas about what I wanted to do with my blog. There were lots of drawings and scribblings.
My original banner was going to be a sideboard adorned with six gifts of various shapes, sizes and wrappings.
There would be a new gift added on six days of the week and each of these could be unwrapped or opened by clicking on the image to reveal something unexpected and lovely.

So what happened? 
Well I must admit, that I haven't totally abandoned this idea but writing a blog post six days a week is no mean feat and as for the banner, well the truth is my imagination outstripped my technology skills and so a simpler version was devised.
If you are one of my original Gifters [Kerri, Jules, Tina, Julie and Jeanne] you may even recall this image which I had for quite some time - a pink blossom hiding in the robin's nest.

Now dear friend, you see the lovely butterfly alighting onto the rose as my heading.
This image captures for me the everyday or little gifts that are given to us if only we have our eyes, hearts and minds open to receive them. Usually these gifts are simple & lovely, even more so if they are unexpected.
In real life a butterfly landing on or beside me is one of my favourite gifts of serendipity, that, and finding colourful feathers on my daily walks. 

As for the number of gifts - well I still try to offer you four to unwrap each week. 
If you haven't worked out the gift-giving schedule, it goes something like this:

On Monday's - there's usually something gorgeous and sparkly to open and perhaps you even exclaim 'My Oh My!"

Tuesdays - there will always be art that I've discovered during the previous week and can't help but share.

Wednesdays - well of course you know that this day is all about zhushing our vocabulary.

Thursdays - sometimes I'll share a little snippet of my life with you.

Fridays - this has previously been a rest day but I have something whizzing around in my imagination and it involves you, so keep your peepers open!

Saturdays - Of course any discerning blogger knows to pop on over to Maxabella's on Saturdays because this is where we gather to share our grateful lists.

Sunday - Ah blessed Sunday. If you receive a gift from me on Sunday, it will be mighty special because this day is designated for hammocks, beach swims, family and baking - joy!

So there you have it, my favourite word and the reason why it encapsulates what I'm doing on my blog.

I would usually close now by encouraging you to use serendipity in your own blog writing, but I thought we might try something different.  Instead of writing a post with serendipity or serendipitous in it, as I see many of you doing regularly, do you think you could write one about your own favourite word?  If you do, remember to pop the 'Word of the Week' button on and encourage your own readers to zhush up their vocabulary.

Let me know if you do, you know that I love unwrapping a new word and next week I'll share them with everyone.


  1. Of course! How did I not know? It is truely a wonderful word and I never use it but I plan on changing that pronto.
    I also look for feathers and send wishes out to my daughter (who lives several states away) in the form of feathers. She called me this morning and said she saw the one I sent out for her birthday - I didn't technically send one but I imagine it floating from me to her and when she happens upon one, she knows it's from me. When I see butterflies I think of my now gone grandmother. I don't know why but I do :)

  2. I love this word. "Serendipitous" creeps in our conversations once in a while. Love your blog, Felicity ;-D

  3. Bella Felicity,
    great idea but sooooo dificult for me sorry!!!

    have a happy happy week!

  4. love this little background info on your blog.

    love how you have a regular posting plan.

    love dropping by every single day :)

    love finding serendipity in my life and on your blog.

    love, love, love how you are flowering in your creativeness. Naomi x

  5. My finding you in Blogland last year was the ultimate gift of serendipity for me. I am blessed. J x

  6. I am super impressed at how organised your blogging is!

  7. Oh gosh of course it is your favourite word.

    It is a lovely word too.

    I really need to think about my favourite word. I don't know whether it was the busy day I had or how tired I'm feeling but nothing is coming to me.

    I'll have to think about it.

  8. Just blogging around this evening and found your blog. You have done a great job with your page, but I can't think of a favorite word. Well I am 60, it takes a bit of thinking at my age. Thanks for letting me visit.

  9. Gosh, what a interesting post- I read it twice!

    I will think on my favorite word and get back to you.

  10. Just in case it got lost in all the comments - the feather on Gennine's page is from a guineafowl! My favourite word right now is adventure.

  11. Aah, must read in once again.
    Have a lovely friday, my friend
    Love and hugs xxx

  12. Love this word and your plans - will have to check in for it all!!

  13. I really love the word serendipity- I wrote this post this summer about visiting a restaurant by the same name:


    lovely to meet you!

  14. Love your choice for the word of the week - so appropriate!! Pop by my blog tomorrow to see what I have chosen for my word of the week :-)
    thanks for the inspiration!
    have a great weekend

  15. I feel I found your blog Felicity serendipitously.
    There is always the unexpected and a lesson to be learnt from your wonderful insight.

  16. Well I should have guessed! Serendipity! A wonderful insight into the world behind the blog. Love your work :)

  17. It's serendipty that led me to your blog today.

    I love the interactivity of your posts.


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Felicity x