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Reticulated Life

Today I surpassed nerd, surpassed geek, and created a category unto itself, methinks.

Has anyone else ever, in the course of an otherwise nondescript day, had a random, seldom-used word pop into their head and stay there?  Even a word one had to look up to know what it meant?  Because that’s how the title of this entry arrived.

What the heck is reticulated?  I dunno, better look it up.  Might be a good word to use in an entry.

Yup, that would be me.  Geek to the max and beyond.  Some people get hooked on Phonics.  Me, I get hooked on words I can say and spell but don’t have a clue what they mean.  Then nothing doing but I have to look them up, then use them immediately in context.  The double irony is that believe it or not, “reticulated” was the perfect word for the senses of connectivity and continuity following me lately.

reticulate [rɪˈtɪkjʊlɪt]
adj also reticular [rɪˈtɪkjʊlə]
1. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) in the form of a network or having a network of parts a reticulate leaf
2. resembling, covered with, or having the form of a net
vb [rɪˈtɪkjʊˌleɪt]
to form or be formed into a net
[from Late Latin rēticulātus made like a net]
reticulately adv
reticulation n

See?  Life is reticulated.  Resembling or having the form of a net, or to form or be formed into a net. That makes sense to me, in that life is a pattern of gaps, interconnected threads, alternating between containment and allowance for expansion.  It is a form that encloses, surrounds, contains and supports us, while still allowing us to reach beyond its confines.  If one thread is broken, there is a potential loss to many, even if the greater structure survives.  Yet no line sits alone: all is interconnected, even the gaps.

I’m just sayin’.

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