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Wednesday’s Word

January 14, 2009

Today’s word is:

confabulation • \kun-fab-yuh-LAY-shun\  • noun
1 : familiar talk or conversation
2 : a filling in of gaps in memory by fabrication

When Princess is older and starts asking about my childhood, I will probably have to resort to confabulation in my stories, not because I want to make my childhood seem grander and more exciting, but simply because I can’t remember.  I have a horrible memory. And then there are those trips or events where you’re not really sure if it’s a memory or if you’ve just seen enough pictures and heard the story from someone else so many times it just seems like a memory.  For instance, when I was very little, the house we lived on was up  on a hill with a steep driveway. The schoolbus picked me up at the bottom of the hill.  When it got icy, I kept slipping and my brothers (they were teenagers then) would have to help me down. I don’t know if this is an actual memory or if I’ve just heard it told so many times it seems like one.  Do you have any recollections like this?

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Wednesday’s Word

January 6, 2009

Today’s word is:
scapegrace • \SKAYP-grayss\ • noun
: an incorrigible rascal

This one appealed to me because when he was younger (he’s straightened out a bit since then) Hubby was a scapegrace. He had a mohawk – which I have yet to see up in a picture, it’s only down in the photos his folks have – ran away a bunch of times, and was basically an all-around rebellious punk.  Good thing he’s changed his ways. My only hope is that Princess will take after me and my in-laws haven’t cursed us by Telling Hubby they hope he has a child like he was. lol.

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Wednesday’s Word

December 10, 2008

caitiff \KAY-tif\, noun, adjective:
1. cowardly and mean

noun:
1. a mean, cowardly person

I am pretty lucky in my life that I don’t come across too many people who could be described as caitiff. I think the worst of people with this attitude are bigots. The whole prop 8 thing in California is a perfect example.  The only reason it passed is because of ignorant caitiffs. What makes it even worse, is that a lot of the people who voted for it are the same people who voted for Obama and are so excited that someone “different” had the chance to be president.  

“Prop 8 – The Musical” starring Jack Black, John C. Reilly, and many more… by Jack Black
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Wednesday’s Word

December 3, 2008

absquatulate (ab-SKWOCH-uh-layt) 

MEANING:

verb intr.: To leave in a hurry; to flee.

One of these days I am going to leave the baby with Hubby and, before he knows what’s happening, I will absquatulate and go have a drink. With Alcohol. Maybe even meet a friend or two. Or have some fancy dessert at a restaurant.  Then I will wake up and realize it was all a dream and it’s 3 am annd the baby’s crying.

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Wednesday’s Wordt

November 26, 2008

argal

PRONUNCIATION:
(AHR-guhl)

 MEANING:
conjunction, adverb: Therefore.

ETYMOLOGY:
By alteration of the Latin ergo (therefore). The word argal is usually used to indicate that the reasoning presented is ludicrous.

I’m having trouble thinking of a way to use this, since it says the reasoning has to be “ludicrous”. It’s my birthday today (yea!) but I’m coming down with a cold (boo!) so my brain’s a bit fuddled. Oh, and I apologize for any typos this week. I’m using Hubby’s laptop while we’re on vacation and I’m not used to the keys. How about this: When I came down here, I was healthy. Both my niece and nephes were sick and I was around them and so was everyone else for the single day we’ve been here, argal I must have gotten my cold from them.

OK, in reality, I probably caught it from the sick cashier at the Target during one of the few trips I made out of the house in the past few weeks. Figures, right? Hopefully Princess won’t get sick too. We’re enjoying the week at the beach in the Outer Banks where Hubby’s brother lives. The family rented a house right on the ocean and I can fall asleep listening to the waves. How great is that?! Today we went to the aquarium here and Princess absolutely loved it. She just stared and stared at the fish. Tomorrow’s Thanksgiving, so I want to wish everyone a happy turkey day! I’m going to sign off now since this keyboard is very loud and keeps waking Princess up as i type. I will try to do the Writer’s Workshop tomorrow, but no guaruntees. Later!

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Wednesday’s Word

November 19, 2008

Today’s Word is: 

prolix

(pro-LIKS, PRO-liks)  

MEANING:

adjective: Tediously wordy.

This would be a good scrabble word. It’s kind of interesting that this word came up. I am currently listening to Emma, by Jane Austen,  online while I feed Princess and get her to go to sleep.  I figure, she’s too little to look at the books right now anyway, and it’s mostly the sound of a voice reading to her that’s important, so I might as well listen to something I want to hear, right? (And before anyone complains, I also read books to her, just not when I’m putting her to bed. That way she can be awake and interact with – read that as eat – the books. Would this be considered prolix?) One of the character in the book could be described as prolix, since she’s always going on about things.  There are a lot of good authors, especially of the classics, that could be considered wordy, too. The book that comes to mind is Les Miserables. I like the book (I read it back in high school), but I remember there being pages written just to describe a street that used to be called such and such and was now (when the book was written) called something different, etc.  Don Quixote is like this, too. I started to read it, but have yet to make it very far through.

Anyway, I’m done with being prolix for the night. Time for me to go to bed. Talk at ya later!

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Wednesday’s Word

November 12, 2008

soiree \swah-RAY\, noun:
an evening party or social gathering

I need to be invited to more soirees.  Fancy events where I can wear fancy dresses.  I mean, I have all these pretty dresses from college (of course I probably can’t fit into them anymore) and from Christmas parties and who knows when I will get to wear them again.  And don’t even mention walking through Macy’s or whatever at the mall and seeing the beautiful dresses and just sighing because I know I have absolutely nothing to wear them to.  I wanna dress up, dammit!  OK.  Rant over.

Bonus words: I liked these words, but couldn’t think of anything to write with them.

cabotage • \KAB-uh-tahzh\  noun
1 : trade or transport in coastal waters or airspace or between two points within a country
*2 : the right to engage in coastal trade or transport

 sidereal \sy-DEER-ee-uhl\, adjective:
measured or determined by the daily motion of the stars; of or having to do with the stars or constellations

exurb noun: 
A residential area outside a city and beyond its suburbs, typically inhabited by well-to-do families.