Word of the Day: Labile

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la·bile[1][/ˈlāˌbīl/ /-bəl/]


  1. Liable to change; easily altered
  2. Of or characterized by emotions that are easily aroused or freely expressed, and that tend to alter quickly and spontaneously; emotionally unstable
  3. Easily broken down or displaced
[Origin: C15: via Late Latin lābilis, from Latin lābī to slide, slip][2]

I’m in a labile mood at the moment. It’s like I need to change; I’m on the brink of some sort of change. And I’m probably reaching here with this but remember, I am the person who managed to string together Krakens and giant man-eating catfish.

My Writer’s Digest came in the mail a couple of days ago and while I normally ignore the ads, the Stanford ad jumped out at me. I mean, COME ON! It’s Stanford for cripes sake! The program is a creative writing certificate program and the class schedule looks awesome. While I’m not quite sure how much coolness a certificate would imbue upon me, at least I would finally be accomplishing something concrete. Finishing something.

So there’s the “liable to change” part. But then again, there’s also the “Easily broken down or displaced” and the “emotionally unstable” part. Yeah. Those are both there as well. I suppose I’m just stuck with the fear I’m not going to complete this either. That’s where this part comes in: “tend to alter quickly and spontaneously.”

Damn if I’m not ready to just chose something and see it to the end.


  1. [1]Google heh
  2. [2]“labile.” Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 05 Aug. 2010.