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This week the Weekly Word is Synergistic. I have no idea why I chose this word as I was going to use something else until the moment I started typing out the title of the post and somehow it popped out.  But, before we start the challenge  I’d like to offer you a suggestion, think of a word – any word – now think about how it sounds, what each bit of it means in today’s language and sometimes you might find that the word no longer fits the meaning or you can come up with something funny in its place.

Let me give you an example; if we take the word ‘Extend’ when it is broken down into two halves – ‘ex’ and ‘tend’ – we get a completely different perception of the word. Today the word ‘Ex’ usually refers to something that ‘used to be’ (as in my ex-husband) and ‘tend’ would normally be used to mean ‘looking after’. So we could say that the literal meaning of the word extend in today’s use could be ‘previously looked after’. As we know though, the word Extend actually means to increase or lengthen which is completely different!

So, now that I’ve completely confused you I’d like to challenge you to find an unusual, imaginative or correct usage of the word SYNERGISTIC 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 SYNERGISTIC, it is an adjective and is pronounced ‘sin-er-jis-tic’

It means to work or act together in the sense of a group of people working in a creative, innovative and productive way. It could also be used to mean a combination of elements creating something that is greater than the sum of the parts.

Examples of the word SYNERGISTIC

  1. The synergistic effect of the group were underestimated
  2. Each element of our lives has a synergistic effect on the whole and produces the people we are today
  3. The engine of a car demonstrates the synergistic effect of the individual parts.

Origins of the word Synergistic

It’s first known use was in the  17th Century and it derives from the Greek sunergētikos,  from syn-  + -ergētikos,  from ergon meaning work.

Synonyms of the word Synergistic

  • Interactive, cooperative, collaborative, concerted, shared

My alternative take on the word Synergistic!

Sin-er-(gis)-tic – ‘it was a sin to have a tic that caused him to um and er ……’

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

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/

Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Social Entrepreneur and Founder of the Hysterectomy Association; Social Media Strategist at Internet Mentor; Speaker; Writer and Author of Eight Books; Blogger at http://womanontheedgeofreality.com and all round diva. Phew what a lot for a Thursday afternoon :-)

You can find out more about me (and perhaps connect) at http://www.linkedin.com/in/lindaph

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. waking up, stretching arms, hopping out of bed, looking at the sunrise.
    “hmmm. i think i’m gonna go steal something, or maybe peek at that neighbor through her windows. i just feel so very synergistic today!”

  2. I love words that sound made up! lol

    My crack at it : “If I had had the kind of synergistic relationship with my previous co-workers that you have with yours, maybe I wouldn’t have been fired.”

    1. It’s fun to think about what words should mean when we really think through the sounds and your take on this weeks word really cracked me up – love it 🙂

  3. Early-morning hockey, when I burn calories chasing pucks, and donuts, those tempting post-game desserts that fill the caloric void, are synergistic.

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