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­Lollipop, Lollipop, O, Lolli, Lolli, Lolli, Lollipop

Today I am full of admiration for this word. Not the Serbian word lizalica, which is quite a plain, unoriginal word. Too plain, too common. This is not to say that my native language is deficient in any way – I love my native language. But in this specific area, more specifically in the case of this specific word, the signifier for this specific object, English offers so much more – this full, round, fun, even sexy word lollipop!

OK, before Andrei got to be two or so and before people started giving him lollipops, I hardly ever used the word lollipop, hardly ever even thought of it. Simply, I had no place for lollipops in my life. Then, here and there, someone would give Andrei a lollipop. I was not happy about it. I didn’t mind Andrei’s indulging in chocolate every once in a while, especially dark chocolate, but lollipops, really? Until this day I haven’t checked the nutritional facts or ingredients label for a lollipop (they have one, right?), but I am pretty sure lollipops are not the healthiest food around… At least some food coloring must be involved… and a ton of sugar. So I choose to dislike lollipops. However, Andrei loves them, so they have found a place in my life.

To reiterate, I don’t like lollipops. I am outright against them. But the word lollipop…that’s quite a different story. I can’t help liking it. Every time I hear it, I admire it. How can one not like the word lollipop? It’s playful, it’s fun, it’s melodic (How can I ever get that Lollipop tune out of my head?).  It’s round like a ball, it’s safe and fun, it’s full of Ls, which are such a pleasant, soft, un-invasive sound.

So I guess I admired the word lollipop a little too much because the word made it into one of my stories. It grew to become the central metaphor. That’s when I realized this word is sensual too, outright sexy. “Ladylike” enough and plainly beautiful, but infused with sexuality. How many other  nouns that include this breadth of attributes can you find?

Want a lollipop?

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