Charles Dickens reportedly wiled away many of his days sat in a local coffee house in London. “When I had money enough, I used to go to a coffee-shop … in Maiden-lane,” he once wrote, and there order “half-a-pint of coffee and a slice of bread and butter” and watch the world go by around him. To everyone else in the coffee house, it was just a regular day. To the keen-eyed Dickens, however, the café was a microcosm of London life, full of hidden drama, bizarre characters and endless stories.
The entire experience proved a great source of motivation for Dickens, and he embodied the inspiration he was able to take from such a mundane scene in one word. “In the door, there was an oval glass-plate with Coffee-Room painted on it, addressed towards the street,” he explained. “If I ever find myself in a very different kind of coffee-room now, but where there is such an inscription on the glass, and read it backward on the wrong side, ‘mooR-eeffoC’ … a shock goes through my blood.”
Mooreeffoc became Dickens’ term for seeing something familiar or mundane from an entirely different angle, and thereby taking new and exciting inspiration from it.
It is a word to remind us that even in the most seemingly commonplace and boring of things, there is always something new to pique our interests. Mooreeffoc is ultimately a word for anyone who has become tired or lost their zeal for something that once interested them – as well as surely being a contender for one of our language’s most peculiar words.
Taken from Wikipedia, Mooreeffoc, also known as The Mooreeffoc Effect, denotes the queerness of things that have become commonplace, when they are seen suddenly from a new angle.
Trivia, I know. But even trivia can be a distraction. To those of us who grieve, I think this word can, in a sense, relate to our situation. We are certainly seeing life from a new angle (not in the best way) and things have definitely become very strange; horribly so.
Sending you all a Sunday hug.