Big Word of the Day: Autoethnographic

Letter A

In honour of Carrie Rubin’s post today about use of Big Words, may I present to you, my Big Word of the Day:


Self-reflective writing that explores the writer/researcher’s personal experience and connects this autobiographical story to wider cultural, political, and social meanings and understandings.

I readily confess, as I don’t believe it will betray me as an ignoramus, that today is the first time I have ever encountered this magnificent word. It has, I believe, rather more to do with research than writing, but I have fallen in love with it anyway.

So I just  had to share it.

A geographical thesaurus

I’m a lover of words and a keen if infrequent traveller. So this story in the Travel section of the Telegraph caught my eye:

Bland reaches out to Dull and Boring – The Australian town of Bland Shire is looking to cash in on its uninteresting name by establishing links with the village of Dull in Scotland and Boring in Oregon.

It’s just a little story, I know, but it made me smile. These towns would seem to be united not only by their ‘mutually mundane monikers’ (I wish I’d thought of that – but it’s in the piece), but by their sense of fun and their ability to spot the opportunity and see the positive.

The same story is reported here in the Sydney Morning Herald. Accompanying it is a truly stunning – and not in the least bland – picture taken on Lake Cowal in Bland Shire. Worth checking out if you like your sun-on-water landscapes