Me and a mate were chatting with an Albanian guy we met. He mistook my Anglo-Mexican mate for Algerian. That happens to him a lot. I myself was mistaken for part-Italian. That doesn’t happen a lot. In any case, I’m 100% pure English (read: white with a touch of lobsteritis).*
But despite being a homeland-loving Englishman, I was happy with being mistaken for half-Italian. I didn’t mind being taken for a southern European. Nor would my mate. We wondered aloud on this for a moment. I came to the conclusion that southern Europeans have a kind of… and the word “lifefulness” popped out of my mouth. That is, they’re full of life. Of course, the standard English would be vitality.
Vitality noun Lifefulness
Vital adjective (not in the sense of important) Lifeful
Lifefulness: another nonce word, like shadow-outline, that I think I’m going to use a lot more from now on in.
*My Welsh last name is not from a blood relative… except during Euro 2016, when I told people I was genetically Welsh.
© 2016 Bryan A. J. Parry
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