New-to-me Words

For some reason, I had my mind on the word propinquity today. Of course I must have come across it in my various readings, and finally decided to look it up:

“In social psychology, propinquity (from Latin propinquitas, “nearness”) is one of the main factors leading to interpersonal attraction. It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people. Propinquity can mean physical proximity, a kinship between people, or a similarity in nature between things (“like-attracts-like”). Two people living on the same floor of a building, for example, have a higher propinquity than those living on different floors, just as two people with similar political beliefs possess a higher propinquity than those whose beliefs strongly differ.”

Strange that this word in particular stuck considering how forgetful I am. I guess I’ll have to find opportunities to use it. For example: I would tend to guess that even though there are people who blog about every topic under the sun, they must have a certain degree of propinquity due to the very fact they keep a blog. True of False? Now I wonder if I can slide it into a casual conversation naturally… Tough, especially since I’m not sure how to pronounce it. :-)

Just did my budget tonight (why does doing my budget take precedence over doing anything remotely creative today, such as finishing some book reviews I’ve been working on?) and nope, have not a cent to spend on non-essentials. But there’s a 25% off sale until tomorrow at Audible, and I want to buy some of those lower price audiobooks on my wishlist that aren’t worth spending a credit on because I always wait for just this kind of sale to buy them. So. Books are essential, right?

Which brings to mind another word I learned recently, in Japanese this time:

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