Learning The Meaning of Vicissitude



plural noun: vicissitudes

  1. a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.

“her husband’s sharp vicissitudes of fortune”

synonyms: change, alteration, shift, reversal, twist, turn, downturn, variation; More

inconstancy, instability, uncertainty, chanciness, unpredictability, fickleness, variability, changeability, fluctuation, vacillation;

ups and downs

“the vicissitude of our love”

  • literary

alternation between opposite or contrasting things.

“the vicissitude of the seasons”

So on Friday, the day I lost my bus pass, I happened to glance at my horoscope. I don’t do this every day, but whenever I take a look at the free commuter newspaper, I tend to start from the back page first.  This could be in relation to living in Japan when I always checked the sports first, or it could just be the way I have always looked at newspapers without complete sections.  Who knows?

I read the horoscope, but didn’t know what vicissitude meant. Despite the fact that I work at a language school, finding a dictionary is, at times, rather difficult.  We have class sets that the students aren’t interested in using, despite being shown time and time again how faulty their electronic versions are, but they are in the classrooms and not the teacher’s room.  Sure we have a bunch of translation ones we’ve collected from students who’ve chosen souvenirs over the books when packing their luggage for the trip home, but knowing what the word looks like in Turkish does not really help me.  I suppose I could have looked at an online definition (what I did here) but that really isn’t my style.    Nonetheless, I felt it was kind of ominous.  Based on the definition above, I probably should have checked to see that I had my bus pass at that very moment.

I went about my day teaching and doing my paperwork, completely forgetting to look up the word. However, it still tugged at my brain.  I wrote the word down and kept the horoscope, thinking I would look it up later.

Saturday, with its wonderful bike ride, didn’t make the thought go away. However, that and the Tour de France time trials certainly put it on the backburner.

Now, here, Sunday morning with the laundry in, the lawn cut, lunch eaten (see my instagram pictures on the lower right), I finally had time to scratch the itch at the back of my brain. I finally had time to do something I love.  I finally got to learn something.  Learning is fantastic.  Being challenged is fantastic.  It is Today’s Perfect Moment.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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