…and it was in the mindless pursuit of paranoid wordplay that I found myself drawn into the present moment as the word
m o o n s t r u c k
grabbed my attention and swelled to enveloped the whole of my awareness.
Moon. Struck. Me.
I’m in love with the with the composition of the word, and its myriad of wickedly appropriate synonyms inspired twinkles of light and good humor.
It’s my new word. For now. I don’t need a catchphrase. Just one badass word.
The first hit on google for “synonym paranoid” was thesaurus.com (see link for complete results). The main entry defines paranoid (adj) ever so effectively as “affected by paranoia” and synonymously as “overly suspicious, unreasonably.”
Such a disappointment. That is, until I scrolled down to find:
main entry: moonstruck
part of speech: adjective
synonyms: around the bend, batty, bizarre, brainsick, cracked, crazed, crazy as a loon, crazy*, cuckoo, daft, demented, derailed, deranged, disordered, distraught, dotty, fatuous, frenzied, idiotic, impractical, irrational, irresponsible, loony, lunatic, mad, mad as a hatter, maniac, maniacal, mental, mentally ill, not all there, nuts, nutty as a fruitcake, nutty, of unsound mind, off, off one’s rocker, out of one’s mind, paranoid , preposterous, psychopathic, psychotic, rabid, raging, raving, schizophrenic, screwy, senseless, sick in the head, stark raving mad, touched*, unbalanced, unhinged, unsettled, unsound, wild, wrong
What a splendid word, moonstruck! It has a lovely composition and sound as it rolls off the tongue. Plus, it’s accompanied by a whole cast and crew of ne’r-do-wells swirling around its spotlight and flavoring so many thoughts. Familiar territory.
Moonstruck, a memoir. Working title. Not even sure I want to write a book, let alone a memoir. Plus, there’s that 80’s movie starring Cher called Moonstruck…
Wordplay. Creativity. Inspiration.