Yes, and often awkward, and all those sorts of things – when we use the word ‘complicated’ today, we are often referring to relationship status. In fact the word complicated rarely means anything nice, does it? Complications after an operation – woah, that’s never good!
Yet when we think about knitting a Fairisle jumper – well, it’s complicated (and beautiful).
Complicated doesn’t have to be bad, and in fact the word origin is really interesting:
Moreover this term leads us into the world of biology:
and the botanical term ‘plicate’ also has its origin here:
Wanna see what a ‘plicate’ leaf looks like? Do ya?
Palm fronds are plicate.
So the word ‘complicated’ needn’t mean bad things, it can lead to Fairisle sweaters and Date Palms!
I hope you enjoyed this journey through the word ‘complicated.’
Lis Goodwin – your voice coach