A writing “inspired by” a “request” from a top, supposedly to help me understand the appropriate use of such things. Silly, I know, tops are like that. I chose to use the opportunity to educate him on the difference between the two, and, of course, their proper enjoyment.
According to Wikipedia, the grand, omnipotent source of all things worth knowing, “Glitter describes an assortment of small, flat, reflective particles,” whereas “Confetti are small pieces or streamers of paper, mylar, or metallic material which are usually thrown at parades, sporting team winners, and celebrations, . . . or the occasion of a big win.”
Confetti has celebratory connotations, and should be received with joy. It is the epitome of cheep and cheerful, and largely benign once used. It may even be recycled if gathered carefully (or re-enjoyed on the same occasion with the help of a bit of ingenuity and an electric fan). It is easy to obtain, simple to use, and guaranteed to bring a smile to anyone (with the possible exceptions of practitioners of extreme surly-grouch-ness).
Glitter, on the other hand, requires a more expert hand to use appropriately. If one is armed with glue, glitter is much easier to affix to just about anything than confetti, and less likely to flake off (or, rather, when it inevitably starts to shed, there is still plenty left). Indeed, glitter is the gift that keeps on giving. Once used, it tends to stick with a person- and on a person- and on all of their things (and, in certain circumstances, friends).
Some rightly choose to see this as a lingering reminder of whatever happy occasion warranted the use of glitter. Others may choose otherwise, but it is up to the rest of us to help them see the sparkling light.
Of course, the best way to appreciate the difference between the two is to enjoy both. To this end, I have placed some of each in my top’s bag as he was leaving my apartment. I look forward to hearing of his enlightenment.