Monday, April 21, 2008

Everyday Synchronicity

It's not everyday that I stumble across a word I've never seen before. Today, however, I stumbled on the word "quotidian", a word I swear I've never seen or heard, twice in totally unrelated readings. I know some will say, "After you read it once, you were sensitive to recognizing it the next time, like when you buy an orange car and then all you see on the road are orange cars." Others will just say, "Cool."

I like this definition from Wikipedia best:


The term "quotidian" derives from the Latin word for "daily" and refers to repetitive daily actions, events or routines - yet in typical usage carries a vaguely negative overtone. "Quotidian" is generally used to convey a sense of the mundane; that is, there is an implication of the 'commonplace' — often in the disparaging sense, and at the very least to indicate that there is nothing unexpected or surprising to be found in things quotidian.
In art criticism, "quotidian" refers to art works which reference mundane aspects of everyday life. When used in a negative sense, however, the word denotes art or any creative work that, while reflecting or incorporating everyday life, references something that is a very temporary phenomenon that will date the work. For example, the Train song "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" incorporates a classic rock sound, but references Tae Bo, an exercise trend that was only popular for a short period in the late 1990s.


No comments: