Who doesn’t like new words; even if they’re probably older than I am, this one’s a beauty and I hope you enjoy it too.
One for Derrick, and I’ll be tickled pink if it’s a new one on him πŸ˜›

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Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Coddiwompling. Even the definition sounds wonderful. Coddiwompling means to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination.

Doesn’t that sound like me and my desire to walk the Pacific Crest Trail? (Or any long distance trail, actually. I just want to take a very, very, very long walk.) I don’t really have a need to walk one place or another, just to walk purposefully toward some vague destination. Though, if I ever get to the point of actually going on a backpacking trip, that destination will probably not be vague β€” I will, of course, need to know where the trail is going and have an approximate idea of how long it will take me to get there.

So maybe coddiwompling isn’t the right word for my aspirations, though my true destination is more spiritual, and that certainly is vague. How does one know what…

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28 thoughts on “Coddiwompling

  1. Sounds like something i would have enjoyed at one time, Since my bypass walking any distance causes me great pain in my legs now. Hope your doing well. Haven’t seen in updates on the medical end so I assume all is well.

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    1. I’ve been doing it all my life and didn’t know about it Lisa.
      Haven’t been thinking about health lately Lisa too worried about my dog, he’s not very well at all


  2. Thanks for this! At last we know what to call our favourite type of holiday! Heading into the blue with a vague or no idea of destination. Our classic one was when, from Durban, we did Mozambique, the Kruger National Park, the Johannesburg area, Cape Town, and the Garden Route along the coast back. That was a massive coddiwomple, all in three weeks!

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  3. Fascinating word. I’ve always thought, if I were the bold adventurous type (and about 30 years younger), that hitting the road with no particular destination in mind would be a lot of fun. Just wander around the western US, stopping whenever something looked interesting.

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    1. Pat who wrote /published that post is not exactly a youngster, I’ve been reading her posts for some time now. Some of her personal ones are quite sad, yet she shows great strength of character. I like Pat. πŸ™‚ She travels a lot now in her little VW Beetle


        1. Well seeing as I’ve been up for 2 hours, almost, Coco has me up at 05.45. that’s really quite surprising, me being awake that is πŸ‘Ώ 😈 πŸ˜› O_o πŸ™„ 🐱 🐻

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  4. Brian,
    if you haven’t read this, I can recommend it. It is a few years old, but should be available at the Leichhardt Municipal Library.
    The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary
    by Simon Winchester
    The Professor and the Madman, masterfully researched and eloquently written, is an extraordinary tale of madness, genius, and the incredible obsessions of two remarkable men that led to the making of the Oxford English Dictionary — and literary history. The compilation of the OED, begun in 1857, was one of the most ambitious projects ever undertaken. As definitions were collected, the overseeing committee, led by Professor James Murray, discovered that one man, Dr. W. C. Minor, had submitted more than ten thousand. When the committee insisted on honoring him, a shocking truth came to light: Dr. Minor, an American Civil War veteran, was also an inmate at an asylum for the criminally insane.

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  5. Loved her writing style and the way she thinks about her life! I wonder if one can coddiwomple from anywhere? Inside one’s head, for example…. Thanks, Brian. πŸ™‚


    1. She’s a lovely lady I’ve been following her for years after finding her quite by accident. Over a tree would you believe.
      Pat is a widow who misses her life partner terribly, You might enjoy checking back on some of her older posts, she’s been having a bad time, but battles on through every adversity. I like and admire her enormously. πŸ™‚

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