Simpatico

god squadI love this word. Okay, okay, I say that about nearly all of these bon mots. But simpatico just has that roll-off-the-tongue quality. It’s hard to mispronounce. And to me, it’s so very evocative. The first image that comes to mind is Ben Stiller and Edward Norton, sauntering (or maybe sashaying) down the streets of NYC in the film Keeping the Faith, with “Smooth” by Santana featuring Rob Thomas playing in the background. Merriam Webster defines simpatico as, “agreeable, likable, being on the same wavelength”.  The origins are not surprising. According to the online etymology dictionary, it’s from the Spanish or Italian for sympathetic, but ultimately from the Latin, “sympathia” (sympathy). This word was suggested to me by OpinionsToGo, who has suggested many wonderful words for this blog, because simply put, she and I are simpatico. What do you picture when you hear simpatico? Maybe your spouse or a good friend? Or maybe for you it’s Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, or Thelma and Louise. Does your simpatico mental image have soundtrack like mine does? I’d love to hear from you.

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