Wertfrei Wednesday: A Definition
wertfrei: without value judgement; neutral (http://phrontistery.info/w.html)
Trying to come up with a unique format for Wednesday, I’ve tried ‘happy humpday’ posts in the past. Although they were ok, I felt they had no unifying theme and maybe a bit too mainstream. Happy Humpdays were dropped after less than a year of poor stats. I dropped them altogether but recently had wanted something for Wednesdays.
Looking at old english words, I found several I liked. Winsome was already taken by a religious site and not being particularly religious myself, I could not in all honesty use it. Onto phrontistery, I fould Warison, which means wealth; reward; punishment. A great word as writers are wealth of words, but still didn’t mean anything to me. Next was Wis, which means to know, to believe-falling into the old adage for writers “write what you know/believe.” Another great word for writers, but still not quite what I had in mind. Found the next word that peaked my interest, Writative, meaning characterized by an inclination to write. I do love to write, but I”m not a daily/hourly blogger-writer that so many seem to be online. I believe in keeping some mystery about myself.
There were some not-so-nice words, whodunitry, a genre of writing poor mystery novels. While I know I’m not up there with the Mythic standards of Ellery Queen or Agatha Christie, I’d like to think I”m better than whodunitry. Wordish, meaning verbose, could be positive or negative, so that one was out as well. Don’t give people ammunition, just to keep in mind. Worsification sounds made up but really means the composition of bad poetry-not being a poet, per se, but aren’t all writers in all genres a kind of poet?
So I chose Wertfrei. It’s an unusual word, not in the mainstream. If I make people learn a new word, all the better. Another reason is my background as a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. One of the tenets I learned as a counselor is to be non-judgemental or neutral in communicating with clients and patients. This is a value I’ve used throughout my life and in my writing, even before I had a word for it: wertfrei.
Welcome to Wertfrei Wednesday.