Go Atticus Finch on ’em!

Atticus Finch

Atticus Finch in the To Kill a Mockingbird Movie

Atticus Finch. He is the quintessential character for courage, an archetype for justice, and the most humble big shot  to ever exist in all fiction novels… and possibly all of everdom.

Not only is he an exceptional role model, but I’ve found his name and persona to be a useful and witty rebuttal in many situations.

1) Sarcasm – Well,  look at you being all Atticus Finch! OR Who are you, Atticus Finch?


Spoken by Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird

2) Complimentary – You’re like a modern-day Atticus Finch!

3) Disappointment – I’m pretty sure you just made Atticus Finch cry.

4) Indecisiveness – What would Atticus Finch do?

5) Encouragement – Go Atticus Finch on ’em!

For all those English and grammar lovers out there, you will know that the phenomenon of changing the functionality of a word (i.e. # 5 and title of my story from noun to adjective) or coining a new word entirely is called neologism. Neologism is actually more common than you think. A few widely accepted neologisms include: word, app, spam, drank, Google, staycation and pretty much anything you hear in a rap song. But, what’s wrong  with creating a word of your own if you can’t find the right one? Even in an academic setting new words are read and spoken every day.  I once even created a word of my own while writing a thesis paper. My professor circled it and jotted down “not sure this is a word,” but when she handed me my writing back she told me it was a bold move and she had to create a few words in her scholarly papers in order to get her point across, too.

American lexicographer, Erin McKean, said “If you love a word, use it. That makes it real.”  In my own words,  if you like something, who cares what other people think?!

Go Atticus Finch on ’em!


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