Word of the day, 17th March 2015
Yesterday I unexpectedly got back in touch with another international friend from a few years ago, so I have been reminiscing /ˌrɛmɪˈnɪsɪŋ/ a bit.
Sadly I have a very poor memory, so I have been trying to find some old photos. Nevertheless it’s a good word of the day; a bit more unusual and tricky perhaps than some of the others I’ve been sharing recently, but possibly also more useful:
reminisce /ˌrɛmɪˈnɪs/ (verb)
– to recall past experiences, events, etc.; to talk or write about old times, past experiences, etc. “I reminisced about old friends“.
The verb comes from the noun, “reminiscence” /ˌrɛmɪˈnɪsəns/, which, amongst other definitions, means “the act of recalling or narrating past experiences“, and can also mean the past experience itself that is recalled: “He told us about his reminiscences of his early days at school.”
A related word is the adjective “reminiscent” /ˌrɛmɪˈnɪsənt/, which describes something that reminds of something else, or is comparable with something else: “The sights were reminiscent of my childhood“. “Her robes were vaguely reminiscent of military dress“.
I find that reminiscing (thinking about past events) is often quite