[mag-niluh-kwuh nt]


  1. speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful.

I’m in Corvallis, OR with two of the most extraordinary people I know. They had to work today and gave me a piece of paper full of bookstore and coffee house recommendations. It’s been a wonderful day and I’m looking forward to our brewery visit this evening. So many beverages, books, and a lot of sunshine make for a solid Friday. I’m sitting at a bakery surrounded by men who look to be shooting the breeze and like they have been for a few hours now, students on laptops, and couples of couches. The walls are lined with drawings by children of how they think they will look when they are older. Cotton balls serve as their hair. They were to each complete the sentence: When I am 100 I will be…

And I love the fact that magniloquent language does not come naturally to youngins.

Here are some of my favorites:

When I am 100 I will be living in a retirement home making awesome cupcakes, owning a farm, and playing bridge all the time. Olivia, age 8

When I am 100 I will be yelling at kids to get off my lawn. I will also be sitting in a rocket chair. Karson, age 8

When I am 100 I will be napping a lot and wearing glasses and suspenders to hold up my pants and drinking a lot of coffee. Kai, age 8

And highlights from some others:

… I will hang balloons on my house and go up up up and away. I will float to Harry Potter World.

…I will knit and watch Wheel of Fortune. Then I will wear boring stuff like a gray sweat suit.

…I will be twenty feet tall! I will pet a very old cat and I will talk loud.

…I will yell at my grandchildren to find my dentures.

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