As some of you may know, writing is easily one of the most competitive fields out there. Everyone is a writer to some degree, and you can find authors, content creators, technical writers, and freelancers almost anywhere. In fact, there are approximately 281,300 people employed as Authors, Writers, or Editors in the world today. And that's not counting those of us who write on the side.
About to try my hand at Adoxography
Talk about stiff competition! A small part of that number represents creators who can produce powerful, relevant, and life-changing content. The rest of us just dabble in Adoxography. Adoxography (adex-ography) is "fine writing in praise of trivial or base subjects," or "writing cleverly on a low or trifling theme." Sound familiar? It should because we see and use Adoxography all the time. Advertisements use it to sell us products we don't need, lawyers use it to spin their cases, and writers use it to get their points across. The origin of this word is sparse, and all I know is that it comes from two Greek words that translate into "inglorious writing," possibly ádoxos and Grafí. World Wide Words goes a step further and claims that Adoxography is "a modern word to describe an ancient way to train young people in the art of rhetoric. They would be challenged to compose a speech praising an unpleasant idea such as poverty, ugliness, drunkenness or stupidity. So a better definition would be “rhetorical praise of things of doubtful value”. " Adoxography is a noun and can be used as such when writing. Or, if you want to challenge yourself a bit, you can play off its meaning. Some examples may include: "I don't know why anyone reads LadyErynn.com. It's just one Adoxography after another." "Being poor isn't all that bad. Look at it this way: you get more fulfillment out of your work, you're resourceful, you know how to find the bargains, and you can appreciate the finer things in life much better than any money-grabbing nitwit can. Sounds like a good deal to me!" "I'm going to start my own newspaper and call it "The Adoxography." We'll use it to put a good spin on all the bad news that's going around, and maybe it'll give the people some hope again." What do you think about Adoxography? Have you ever used it? Let me know! To learn more, visit The Free Dictionary, Vocabulary.com, and Short Dictionary of Classical Word Origins.