What’s Your One Word?

Let’s do something different today. It won’t take long; I promise. And although the post begins in sad, it ends in fun.

This is what my kids see when I talk to them. Minus the cleavage. (Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art)

The Sad

Two years ago, I attended my mother-in-law’s funeral. The woman was kind, selfless, and a joy to be around—nothing at all like those vicious mother-in-law stereotypes. In hospice, as her sentences became shorter, her children suggested she describe each family member using only one word. At the funeral, her oldest daughter read through the list of single-word descriptions for every child and grandchild. Learning how she perceived each of us was poignant and touching, and not a dry eye remained.

The Fun

In a much lighter vein, I’d like to do the same with you. In the comment section below, feel free to type one word in the box, a word that describes you. It can be humorous or sincere, and there’s no need for modesty. In response, I will type one word I’d use to describe you. How spot on do you think I’ll be based on our few—or our many—online interactions? Then again, does it really matter? You only have to type one word in the box. Plenty of time left over for other—and by ‘other’ I mean less idiotic—pursuits.

Wait…maybe this is what my kids see. (Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art)

If this is your first visit, don’t despair. You can still leave a one-word description of yourself. I’ll type a thank-you in return and learn something about you in the process. Ain’t that just a sweet treat?

Ready?

Okay, I’ll start.

If I could only pick one word to describe myself, I would say ‘conscientious.’ Why? Because it sounds much less tight-ass than ‘perfectionist.’

Your turn.

What ONE word would you use to describe yourself? 

352 Responses to “What’s Your One Word?”

  1. bharatwrites

    “Fearful”
    That’s my word. A lot of my decisions or indecisions are guided by fear—fear of losing things and people, fear of not meeting expectations, etc.
    Sorry to bum anyone out. Nice post.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you! I suspect most of us would include the word ‘fearless’ in our self-descriptions at some point. Although I haven’t interacted with you before, after looking at your blog, I think the word ‘honest’ could be applied to you. You’ve written some insightful and from-the-heart posts.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate it.
      🙂

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  2. Madame Weebles

    I have a lot of catching up to do on your blog, it seems. And for some reason I’m not getting notifications of your new posts all of a sudden. I will have to investigate this.

    I’ve been trying to think of the right word for you, the one that keeps coming to mind is “multi-faceted,” which I think still counts as one word even if it’s hyphenated. You have talents and wisdom across many disciplines, and it’s clear from your comments that you have many layers to you. I mean, we all do, of course, but I like how different aspects of your personality come out at different times.

    As for me, the only word that comes to mind immediately is “ballsy.”

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you for coming by and commenting on so many of my posts. You certainly didn’t need to ‘catch up,’ but it’s thoughtful of you to do so. I completely understand that one needs to get away from the blogosphere at times, and it can be too difficult to try to go back and explore what was missed. I don’t when I go on vacation.

      But since you’re here, I thank you for your very kind word for me. I think the same can be said for you. It’s hard for me to narrow you down to one word–if there’s something that covers ‘extremely witty, insightful, and talented writer,’ then that’s my word for you. Oh, wait, there is something that might do: Extraordinary. So that’s my word for you.
      🙂

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  3. Love & Lunchmeat

    Me? Honestly, I’m so boring the only word I can think of is… boring.

    You? Disarming. You actually remind me of a British friend sometimes in your comments. Dry humor, self-effacing, shy, but charming at the same time. So, I was going to say British, but disarming is better. And you know how greedy people are who write. They don’t just want words; they want the right words.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Oh, I like that word. Thank you! Makes me sound so sophisticated (even if I’m anything but…)
      🙂

      I very much doubt ‘boring’ is your word. In fact, after reading your post about the Tylenol incident, not to mention the fact you’re a nursing student with three kids, I’d say ‘strong’ or ‘perseverance’ fit you much better!

      Thanks for coming by and playing my little game.
      🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Never too late to play! My word for you is ‘wise,’ because I always learn something new when I visit your blog.
      🙂

      As for me being over-the-top, it’s funny that I come off that way on my blog, because that is so not me in real life.
      🙂

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  4. Angel Fractured

    I don’t really know you that well, and up until today my antivirus program kept blocking your blog. True story. Anyway, you might not know much about me, but I feel like choosing a word I think describes me, so here it is:

    paradoxical

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    • Carrie Rubin

      And after visiting your blog, my word for you is ‘brave.’
      🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Apparently your antivirus program sees me as a microbe, but I’m glad you managed to sneak your way past it!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Nothing wrong with being different. It ups the interest factor. So then I guess I’m safe giving you the word ‘unique’?
      🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Nice to meet you, special! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Since this is our first interaction, I’m going to give you the word ‘nice,’ since it was nice of you to come by and comment.
      🙂

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Admirable. (And even though this is the first time I’ve interacted with you, I think I can safely assign that word to you, because I’ve just been to your site and see you plan to write 100 sonnets in a year. So that is indeed admirable, especially for the sonnet-challenged like me. Thanks so much for stopping by!)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Impressive

      (I had difficulty pinning down one word for you. I thought about ‘talented,’ because of your gift for writing; I thought about ‘role-modeler,’ because you serve as a great role model for others who blog about politics or other serious matters–you stick to the facts; I thought about ‘dedicated,’ because you clearly put so much work into your posts; and I thought about ‘fortitude,’ because you’ve been through so much. So I finally settled on ‘impressive,’ hoping to capture them all!

      But now I’ve cheated and written much more than the one-word response I was supposed to–I seem to have done that a lot with this exercise. But I have to admit, I had to look ‘zaftig’ up. And it made me laugh out loud, because clearly you are much more than that!)
      🙂

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      • Valentine Logar

        I love all those, thank you. But Zaftig is one of my favorites because it makes me laugh!

        For you, I thought about three words you get to pick the one you like the best:

        Savvy
        Consummate
        Adroit

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        • Carrie Rubin

          Well, aside from the sexual meaning, how can one walk away from the chance of being “Perfect in every respect; having all necessary qualities”? Thus, ‘consummate’ is what I’ll choose. Though I suspect my husband and children may beg to differ…
          😉

          Thanks for playing. I’m enjoying this game.
          🙂

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  5. i mayfly

    For you, Carrie: magnanimous (of course witty, comedic, intelligent, loyal, insightful and open as well, but I think the “magnanimity” makes you stand out in the crowd, dear introvert.)

    For me? Analytical or inquisitive

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    • Carrie Rubin

      You are very kind. I will take “noble and generous in spirit” anytime. And yes, I had to look magnanimous up just to make sure I knew what it meant.
      🙂

      For you I choose ‘brilliant.’ Intelligent didn’t cover enough of what I wanted to say, because it’s the way you use your intelligence that impresses. You really seem to ‘get’ things. Thus, ‘brilliant.’
      🙂

      By the way, I tracked down the study about the increased “heart lesions” in those who endure vigorous exercise. It was published in a radiology journal. It looked at 102 male marathon runners and found that the occurence of “late gadolinium enhancement” of coronary arteries on MRI (a potential predictor of coronary artery disease) was slightly more common in runners than non-runners, but this difference was not statistically significant. So, certainly an interesting phenomenon but one that needs more study with larger samples sizes and inclusion of other types of exercises and both genders. There. Did I impress you? Thanks for alerting me to the issue. I hadn’t heard of that study before. And this proves I really am boring.

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      • i mayfly

        You always impress me. I would say I’m easy, but I’m really not…especially when it comes to one’s motives. Been stung far too many times not to be a cynic (optimistic cynic, but cynic none the less) 😉

        Statistics. If there’s one very important lesson I learned in Statistical Mathematics is that numbers can easily be stacked to support a particular agenda. View with caution. And not boring at all – rather, a very astute consumer of information.

        And golly wally jeepers – brilliant? I’ll take it, but I fear you may need to re-evaluate your grading scale? “Curious” perhaps.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Ambitious

      (Which is pretty close to the word you chose for yourself. But with as many blog posts as you write, all while pursuing your education in physiology and neuroscience AND plans of med school, it seemed the obvious chose. Thanks for coming by!)

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  6. Isabeau D'anjou 1981

    This is fun to read. Great idea 🙂
    My word is… duplicitous

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Ooh, that’s an interesting choice. Very intriguing. So even though I just “met” you, I’ll give you the word intriguing.
      🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by my site and commenting!

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      • Isabeau D'anjou 1981

        Thank you Carrie, and thank you for visiting my own little wordpress world. I enjoy your posts… depending on your post and my day, I find them entertaining, though-provoking or insightful… so, because I am ‘hooked’ I give you the word SHREWD.
        🙂

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