Before you get to the poetic license stage, though, make sure of one thing: Know what your new words mean and use them correctly. There are few things more embarrassing than realizing you misunderstood what a word meant and used it wrongly more than once.
Who knew the “colon” is your intestine, not part of your nose? In the mid-1980s, when Ronald Reagan — may he rest peacefully — was diagnosed with a polyp in his “colon,” this fifth-grader did not. I thought he was having a piece of his nose removed and said so.
So dac-ing. (That’s slang for embarrassing.)
Make sure to get your words right — but get them. You’ll be gratified.
Goshen News columnist Stephanie Price is a wife, mother, teacher, childbirth educator, doula, midwife’s assistant and student nurse pursuing a minor in complementary health. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, 269-641-7249 or on Facebook at the page “Whole Family Column by Steph Price.