…Things I Learnt This Month (Jan 14)

I’m clearly far too lazy to do this on a weekly basis. Maybe monthly will work. Possibly. Probably not.

Thanks to the huge number of 2013 recaps I learnt a fair amount this month but I thought I’d pick out some stuff that was really interesting to me.

  1. Researchers from Newcastle University have confirmed that it’s easier to handle wet objects when your fingers are wrinkled as opposed to smooth. Convenient, then, that our fingers wrinkle up when they get wet. When I was a child this really baffled me, it was one of those questions that my innocent child brain asked and none of those gigantic adult brains could answer. It looks like now, aged 22, I might finally have the beginnings of an answer. About time!
  2. Siblings have no more in common, personality-wise, than two strangers. It seems as though the environment your personality is developed within is more important than the genetic similarities. While it may seem as though siblings grow up in the same environment, this isn’t the case. They have different interactions with the people and world around them, learning different lessons and responding in different ways.
  3. “Compersion” is a made-up word which means the opposite of jealousy. It was made up by polyamorous people to explain the feeling of happiness they get from seeing their loved ones love and be loved by others. Why does this interest me so much, given how much there was to learn in January? Well, I like the evolution of language. Among all the crap that gets added to the dictionary on an annual basis (“selfie” and “twerking” are actual words now) I wish more words were created which filled actual gaps in the language. When I was younger I accidentally made up the word “cantity” which, in my head, was the expression of remorse but not because you actually feel remorse, instead because you fear the consequences of your actions. I was reading an article about a person who was showing false contritution during a court case (in an attempt to get a less severe punishment) and I misread the word “contrite”, thus creating the new word “cantity”. To my knowledge, there is no English word that serves the purpose of the made-up word “cantity” as efficiently as it does. In the same way, “compersion” is a useful word to have around.

I hope I’ll find the energy to write about the things I learnt monthly. Until next time, then!