What is ‘Natty’; a new kind of ‘funk’?

I have been trying to pull myself out of this writing “funk” (“funk” being the first word that comes to mind) for three weeks. Regrettably it’s been quite a few years since I had to take a story idea and write it up within the hour proofread, corrected and ready to be printed in the newspaper.

I have a degree in journalism and worked for a small weekly newspaper for 22 years. The newspaper was owned and published by my in-laws. I admired them because both of them only had high school education, and yet, they compiled and printed a newspaper each week with professionalism and detailed reporting of local news and meetings.

I met my ex-husband in college who also majored in journalism. Once he received his degree he was going back home to someday take over the newspaper business. I thought with all my heart that we were meant to meet, fall in love, marry and return home to run the newspaper together. Well, that’s a complicated tale that I will delve into at another time.

Three weeks ago I began using WordPress to launch a real, new adventure for me: write a blog. Believe it or not, I’ve had to do some real serious research into the meaning of a blog. After all, it’s the same as a newspaper column, isn’t it, only it’s “printed” on the World Wide Web.” Make no mistake; I am bound and determined to get out this “funk” once and for all.

So imagine my confusion, or surprise, when I read the day’s prompt of “Natty”. Natty; what in the hell is that? Not to be deterred  I looked it up in the dictionary.

Natty: it is an adjective meaning old-fashioned, informal, stylish; smart & elegant. It is more British than American.

I must confess that when I first read this word, I immediately thought of “trashy”, or “ignorant”. Natty means you’re down on your luck?

Well, now I know the definition of “Natty”! It can be a delightful way of describing someone who dresses professionally. It can describe someone who dresses stylishly, yet informally. Natty can be a new way of describing someone, such as “you are a natty dresser!”.

It may also describe someoneCharlie Brown whose writing is stylish and unique. “Carl’s a natty writer”.

I hope I have grasped the true meaning of “natty”.  If not, I certainly tried!


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