Today I'm linking up with the Five Minute Friday community, writing for five minutes on a given prompt. This week's word is DISCOVER.
I have been staring at the word "discover" all day, trying to think what to write about it.
Normally when we hyphenate this word at the end of a line, it looks like this:
"Dis" means reverse (as in disentangle), so "discover" means reversing the covering, as it were: revealing and showing something that was previously hidden.
But if we hyphenate "discover" in the wrong place at the end of a line, it might become
and then it's reminiscent of the old days when we used to listen to vinyl records: "Please turn that disc over; Side A is done."
And if we change the verb "discover" to the noun "discovery" and hyphenate that incorrectly at the end of a line, we might get
which allows us to continue with the musical theme: "I really never liked disco very much."
These are some of the fascinating discoveries I have made while pondering the word "discover."
They may not be the most profound insights ever unearthed -- but I like to think that all the best discoveries come from a process of taking things apart, rearranging them, looking at them in new ways, trying and failing and trying again ... and eventually dis-covering what was hidden and revealing it for all the world to see.