“Synchronicity” is this weeks Weekly Word – Can you think of different way to use the word?

Firstly, huge apologies for not sticking to my schedule last week and missing out a weekly word post; events, as they say, overtook and I couldn’t post. It won’t happen again, promise :-)

I’m also sticking with the letter ‘S‘ this week as the word is going to be Synchronicity. This was the word I was going to do before synergistic mysteriously used my fingers to type itself into the headline of the post. Perhaps though, there was a synchronistic reason for not using it because it is highly appropriate to events over the last weekend. I’d like to explain a little about why that was the case before we get started.

The title of this blog is Woman on the Edge of Reality and some people think that’s because I have a novel of the same name; the truth is that the blog started long before the novel came anywhere near my brain and its title came about because it’s where I often find myself – you know, on the edge of some ‘reality’ or other. I love exploring these different aspects of life and will usually take myself off on a bit of journey (webwise normally) that always ends up somewhere a bit different.

The place I ended up was on the website of a guy called Chris Guillebeau which sports the wonderful title The Art of Non-Conformity. Anyway, to cut a long story very short indeed, his site was exactly where I needed to be after posing myself (and the wonderful Steve) a few awkward questions about life whilst sitting drinking tea in bed on Saturday morning.

In last week’s post I also introduced the idea that perhaps the words we use might break down into something completely different from the meanings we usually attach to them. So for example, synchronicity might break down to ‘Elderly Women Sin in the City‘ – syn (sin), chron (crone) city (city) … see what I mean!

So, now that I’ve thoroughly confused you, I’d like to challenge you to find an unusual, imaginative or correct use of the word SYNCHRONICITY in a single sentence or a paragraph, but first a little more about what it means and how it is used (correctly) in English.

This week’s word is SYNCHRONICITY, it is a noun and is pronounced ‘sin-chro-nis-it-e’

It means an apparently meaningful coincidence in time of two or more similar or identical events that are causally unrelated.

Examples of the word SYNCHRONICITY

  1. They each understood that their unexpected and unplanned meeting was evidence of synchronicity.
  2. Synchronicity was the only way to explain their lottery win after the car broke down and they couldn’t afford the repairs.

Origins of the word Synchronicity

It is a 20th Century word that was coined by Carl Jung from two halves, synchronic  + -ity

Words related to Synchronicity

  • synchroneity, synchronisation, synchronism, synchronization, synchronizing

What’s your alternative take on the word Synchronicity?

I’ve given you my alternative take on the word with ‘Elderly Women Sin in the City’, what’s yours?

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org.

Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Word’s you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word

9 thoughts on ““Synchronicity” is this weeks Weekly Word – Can you think of different way to use the word?

  1. Oh oh oh! One of our favourite words. We love the concept so much that our whole series will feature synchronicity – it’s so important to who I am and how I live my life.
    May I leave an excerpt from The Cordello Quest? (Did I hear a Yes?)

    “Was this, then, the key to my being here? Having a skill with energy vibration that no–one else had? It seemed too much of a coincidence. I reframed my thoughts. This was a ‘synchronicity’ if ever there was one. In which case, I had to answer ‘Yes’.”

    Gawn, Joanna; Dickerson, Ron (2012-01-12). The Cordello Quest | Kindle Edition.

    1. Of course you may Joanna – was that a little excitement I heard there? Right I shall also be sending you an email very shortly. Excellent entry too :-)

  2. Ah Linda, this very word came up this week in the intro to the next book, the one I have just started on. This is what I wrote
    “This book, I suspect like every other book, came about through a series of synchronicities.”

I'm always interested in what people think and love having a debate so why don't we have a chat :-)

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