Crestfallen. Twice.

22 Feb

I like making connections. So I’m often on the lookout for them. It’s fun for me to align concepts for an expanded meaning beyond what they may singularly impart. The same is true with writing: symbolism, parallelism, etc. And as a corporate communications professional, connection-making often comes in handy, whether with words, concepts or people.


Wired February 2013So it was interesting for me to see an uncommon term, “crestfallen” twice in a single issue of Wired this month. The word appeared in David MacNeal’s story on mobile boombox dance parties, as well as Carl Zimmer’s story on sleuthing out deadly mutant bacteria. Both are positive stories overall, but each includes a mention of someone being crestfallen. I think that’s interesting, and am happy to report not being crestfallen at this discovery.

What do you think? Ever notice an uncommon phrase in rapid succession from multiple sources? Do you believe in synchronicity? What are your thoughts on making connections? Let us hear from you in the comments.

7 Responses to “Crestfallen. Twice.”

  1. Alexis March 29, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

    @ hbw re “…..notice that politicians often use surprisingly similar phrases.”
    —> they’re called “talking points” 😉

    @ richard … love your blog

    • rsmithing March 31, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

      You hit the nail on the head, illustrating talking points & politicians. It becomes very obvious, very quickly, when the talking heads are all pushing the same soundbites. I’m glad you’re digging my blog, Alexis – thanks for commenting!

  2. Cardinal Guzman February 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    Crestfallen, what a great word for a sorry state of being 😀

  3. hbw February 23, 2013 at 6:08 am #

    Not really sure about synchronicity. If you notice a slightly unusual phrase or a word once, you notice it and forget about it. If you notice it two or three times in the same day, it strikes you as odd (the same thing happens if a similar question appears on different quiz shows in the same week).

    I think we’re hard wired to pick up patterns, because patterns can be significant. If you notice that wild animals frequently graze in the same place, that might mean that it’s a good place to hunt or that certain patterns of behaviour mean that a lion is planning to eat you for lunch..

    “Synchronicity” is just a false positive – something we interpret as a pattern when it’s really just a coincidence. It probably explains why some people think that astrology or homeopathy “work”.

    There is an exception to this. I listen to the radio a lot and notice that politicians often use suprisingly similar phrases.This really is a pattern – it means that they are saying what they’ve been told to say instead of what they actually think and is an interesting case of an evolutionary trait that works just as effectively to protect you in the modern world as it did on the African savannah..

    • rsmithing February 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm #

      Definitely one of the best comments here yet! Thanks for weighing in – I think you’re absolutely right as to the biological roots of the importance we place on patterns. When it comes to the next meal, everything counts.

      With the exception you mention, I think politicians often work from one approved and vetted sheet of music more often than not. So, I’d say synchronicity there is less a serendipitous occurrence and more of an institutional de rigueur, if that makes any sense.

      • hbw February 25, 2013 at 7:34 am #

        “institutional de rigueur” – great expression!

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