Building Your Vocabulary One Word at a Time
vel le it y, n, (ve lee eht ee) pl. ies, The lowest form of volition, or exercise of will, a slight wish or inclination.
The decisions you make in life, make you. When you enter into some contracts, or accept a plea deal, a notary public, or a judge might ask you if you signed a particular document “of your own volition”. That means: “Did you decide to do this of your own free will?” Your volition refers to the decisions you make.
Velleity, on the other hand, refers to a faint inkling of desire, a whim, a preference, but not a strong one. I have a lot of velleities, most of them come and go without much action on my part. No decision necessary. For instance, when I saw those Libyan rebels with those multiple rocket launchers in the beds of their pickup trucks, I wanted one. If I had a magic velleity granting genie, I’d have one now. I’d park it next to the Olympic sized swimming pool, around and in which, damn near every woman I have ever seen since Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island would be lounging or swimming, dreaming only of my amorous attention. But, I digress.
I’m sure you have your own velleities. Perhaps even you’ve developed a veleity to subscribe to this blog. In other words, you enjoy reading it, you might want to do it again, and you might even want to have it delivered to you…maybe. You haven’t done anything about it though. Listen for that velleity, let your own true free will speak to you. You might enjoy getting this stuff in your email once a week, and only once a week, for you to peruse at your convenience. Isn’t lygsbtd more fun than most of the other dreck in your inbox?
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