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And the Word of the Day is…

During my Monday morning drop-in to the Pioneer Woman’s domain, one of my favorite slivers of the web, I proceeded with my usual catch up and click around, when lo and behold, I noticed that her word of the day is:

How thrilling! How positively exciting! Did she select that word specifically for me?!? If you are in the dark as to why this would tickle me so, please allow me to direct you to this insight for expanation. What a beautiful beginning to this already wonderful day. I just love days when everything makes sense!

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mellifluous

mel*lif*lu*ous [muh-lif-loo-uh s]– adjective 1. Sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding 2. Flowing with honey; sweetened with or as if with honey.

I feel like this word was made specifically for me. 

After college, my friends took it upon themselves to shorten my name from Melissa to Mel. Originally I thought it was too masculine and didn’t care for it, but over the years I have embraced it. It has become a running joke among our crew to cleverly incorporate my name into common expressions, such as smelly Melly (after a sweaty workout), peanut butter and Melly, Jack-o-Melon, the mind of a Melephant, and, according to my boyfriend, on a scale of one to ten, I’m a Meleven.

So the fact that mellifluous starts with my signature three letters immediately attracted me to it. In addition, Melissa means honey bee, and the etymology of mellifluous is as follows:  from Latin, mellifluus (“flowing like honey”), from mel (“honey”) + fluo (“flow”). Bonus points. And if that’s not enough, the word mellifluous is often used to describe a person’s writing style. How perfect!

Combine this fitting synchronicity with my initials, MMM (the 3M girl, M3, M-cubed, Triple M, M&M), and there you have the story of how http://www.mmmellifluous.wordpress.com came to be.

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