Settling on juxtaposition…

Okay then…let’s talk “juxtaposition.” Did I just cause you to flash back to School House Rock’s Conjunction Junction? That is what I think whenever I see the word “juxtaposition” all written out.  I want it to rhyme with something and be part of a catchy jingle that I will remember decades later.  I loved School House Rock – it was so ahead of its time.  Ah, shucks…there I go dating myself again…I went all the way back to my days in school – criminey – that is WAY back (I can barely remember my kids’ names on the first try, but I remember this stuff – really universe?).

Back to the point – the word “juxtaposition.”

Juxtaposition is a big word – five syllables…two high scoring Scrabble consonants…easily worth a quarter.  Alas, while it may seem daunting, it merely means to compare two things side-by-side for the purposes of noticing their similarities or differences…but you have to admit it sounds snootily intelligent.  I like the word and the activity.  I often juxtapose things to illustrate their differences.

Here are some examples to illustrate how simple juxtaposition is in practice:

Black/White

Heaven/Hell

Winter/Summer

Orlando/Fargo

Sunny/Snowy

Juxtaposition is on my mind today because in my email box is an email from Travel Orlando urging me to book online now to visit sunny Florida.  Lay that side-by-side with In-Forum’s current weather update – “FORECAST: Up to 17 inches of new snow possible Tuesday in Fargo-Moorhead, travel alert issued for N.D.”

Many other words come to mind when I read these two different things within minutes of each other, but today I’ll settle on the big word – “juxtaposition” – as opposed to stringing together a bunch of four letter words that make me sound like a sailor and that would serve to heavily denigrate Mother Nature’s character.

A final juxtaposition for your consideration: seriously?/SERIOUSLY??!!

Day six hundred and twenty-three of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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