I was coming out of a dream when the word “emergency” came to mind. Specifically, whether its root word is “emerge.” This was sort of like when you realize you’ve stumbled upon the meaning of life in a dream, but by the time you wake up fully, it’s left the tip of your tongue and is traveling through the universe to the place where you’ll die, which is the next most likely opportunity to know the meaning of life. Like I said — sort of like that. Not that dramatic, actually, but the magic of getting a solution in an altered, calm state was the same.
I went to ask the internet about my emergency/emerge question, but by the time I read an article about three things never to eat for breakfast, and checked my horoscope, I couldn’t remember why I was there.
It’s like the kitchen. I walk in there and think, “What was it I going to do in here again?”
I did, eventually, make it to Dictionary.com a few days later. After I looked up the word of the day, “forgettery,” which I admit I had never seen before, and which means “a faculty or facility for forgetting; faulty memory: a witness with a very convenient forgettery,” and for which Spell Check says, “Go ahead and type it all you want…I’m not ever going to recognize it as a word.”
And, look at that…emergency’s root is from, “Medieval Latin ēmergentia, equivalent to ēmerg- (see emerge ) + -entia -ency. See emergent.”
So, yes, I was right about it’s root being emerge or emergent. Why had this never come to me before? When I think “emergency,” I usually think “Emergency Room” and focus on the trauma, not that the trauma suddenly emerged.
Tomorrow, when I go to the internet for answers, but stop to read about how I can lose 5 pounds in 4 days, will my forgettery force me to look up emergency again? Or, will I remember its magical property of coming from the root word emerge?
Yes, it is magic. At least to me.