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March 1, 2021

Shameless

Filed under: images, musings, Mysteries, Reminiscneces, words — Tags: , , , — schingle @ 3:19 pm

All right, I’ll admit it, this is becoming a thing for me. But, I keep learning new things and I’m loving it, so without shame or apologies, I offer today’s word of the day. You can probably guess its meaning once you see the word. Today’s offering? Verbicide. As you can probably cipher, its meaning is, “…the willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word…”

Now, I won’t make this blog piece a political one. But, face it, your typical politician (of any stripe) has probably committed verbicide, literally, countless times. According to the website (dictionary.com) , verbicide can be as harmless as a pun (which IS harmless, you may know you’re “misusing” a word attaching a wrong meaning, but in light-hearted fun) or (while maybe not harmFUL), weakening the meaning of a word. Examples they used include: awful, awesome, divine and ghastly.

These I can understand. It’s almost a sort of lazy speak. When you speak of the divine, it should be referring to heaven or God or the gods or something truly “divine.” So, saying this cheesecake is simply divine is really cheapening the meaning. Still, over the course of time, this cheapened version of the word, works its way into the vernacular and a once hefty word becomes common (or vulgar, by the Latin).

I once had a supervisor, who I really did like, but she would say, “I’d really like to see the guys doing awesome things…” And, while I agree (at the time I was working with persons with developmental disabilities), not everything they do can be classified as “awesome.” In fact, most things they do are really pretty average, but my supervisor was cheapening the use of the word “awesome” and thereby committing verbicide.

So, there you have it. Today’s word of the day offered without shame or apologies. Personally, I love the word.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beginning of the work week, Monday.

February 28, 2021

Pretty High Percentage

Filed under: images, musings, recreation, Reminiscneces, words — Tags: , , , — schingle @ 7:20 pm

I know it’s become my favorite cop out of late, but I’m dipping into the well of the word of the day again. One thing I can say about this site (turns out it’s dictionary.com, though Merriam-Webster has it’s own word of the day site, as well), they put out a large percentage of words I’ve never heard of so that’s cool. And, while today’s word isn’t overly interesting, it IS yet another word I’ve never heard before, so that’s always cool.

Today’s word is perdure. Its meaning is, “…to continue or last permanently; endure…” Looking up the etymology of the word, it derives from Middle English “perduren” (to continue, persist), which came from Old French “perdurer or pardurer” (“to last to the end”) which came from Latin (surprise!) perdurare (“to persist, survive, carry on”). To me, it sounds kind of like a combination of persist and endure. Like I say, not particularly interesting but new to me, and I LOVE learning new words.

So, there’s today’s word of the day. I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday. J and I are going to break our “beer fast” and see some friends at AZ Beer House, so that will be fun. (Speaking of our beer fast, J lost 5 pounds and I lost 8, so calling it a win).

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beautiful (yet kind of chilly) Sunday.

February 27, 2021

What I’m NOT Going to Write About

Going to the well again for today’s word of the day. So, I won’t write about Ted Cruz being a hypocrite who walked out on his state when they were freezing, to take his daughters to Cancun, where it’s warm to “be a good dad.” I won’t write about Joe Biden already making people regret their votes by bombing Syria without congressional permission, but hypocritically straddling a line between “sanctioning” Saudi Arabia and maintaining ties. No, I won’t write about those things. Politics makes me dizzy. Politics makes my head spin. Politics makes me nauseous. No, I’ll write about today’s word of the day instead.

So, you are probably asking, what is today’s word of the day? Glad you asked. Today’s word is “cheeseparing.” And what, pray tell, is its meaning? (I know, it’s like I’m reading all your minds). Again, I’m glad to answer that question as well. Cheeseparing—Meanly economical; parsimonious; stingy. Sounds like most politicians. Oops, wasn’t going to go there.

While the word of the day site gives a couple of examples of using it in a sentence, I can’t imagine ever actually doing it. It’s a bit of an outdated word, and why not just say “stingy.” Everyone knows what that means. Still, it is an INTERESTING word.

Its etymology is fairly interesting as well. Shakespeare used it in the play, Henry IV part two. Falstaff uses the term describing Justice Shallow: “…like a man made after a supper of cheese paring…” So, its original use dates back to the middle late 16th century. According to the site, the word stuck around until the early 1800’s, and changed meanings slightly, to “…something scanty, inadequate, thin…” By the 1830’s, it has come to its modern meaning, “parsimonious, stingy.” I always find word history interesting, if not necessarily useful.

So, no political griping today. And, there you have today’s word of the day.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beginning of the weekend, Saturday.

February 26, 2021

American Cultists

Filed under: images, musings, Mysteries, Nature, politics, Reminiscneces, Reviews — Tags: , , , — schingle @ 3:28 pm

While many may disagree, we have a serious problem in the States focusing on a particular, and dangerous, cult. This cult is composed of people, despite hard evidence of his evil ways (bigotry, mysogyny just to name two), who continue to worship the orange (for now, deposed) dictator. Those who oppose my view may state that the dictator isn’t a religious leader, and they’d be correct. By the first definition of cult, which has religious implications, the deposed one isn’t a cult leader. The second definition of cult, however, rather proves my point. The definition follows: “…a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing…” And, that’s what we’ve had in America, now, for over five years. Sad, really.

I wrote a few days ago about, what appeared then to be, a rift within the Republican party. There were hard-core followers of the dictator and there were those who, while still Republicans, admonished him for his behavior (most notably, his CAUSING the insurrection at the Capitol, January 6th). Even Mitch McConnell, who is as sneaky a snake as you’d ever want to meet, stated that the former D-I-C was “morally responsible” for the insurrection. However, as McConnell is wont to do, he’s changed his colors and has said he’d support the orange one again, should he choose to run for president in 2024. My how things change—and quickly. Now, do you think McConnell has really seen a change in the orange one to make him change his mind? Of course not. He just realizes that siding with the former dictator is smart politics. His followers are so hypnotized by his moronic views that they will do anything (including harming members of congress, while at the same time claiming to be “Christians”) for him. See the pattern? These people have both “misplaced” and “excessive” admiration for a man who’s basically a narcissistic, mysogynistic bigot with absolutely no positive aspects whatsoever. And, even those who may stand up to him, are already dropping like flies for fear of not being re-elected. This is America’s worst cult issue at the present time. Again, it frightens me.

But, enough of my political high horse antics. People are allowed to believe what they want, no matter how ignorant those beliefs are.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this end of the work week Friday.

February 25, 2021

This is Becoming a Dangerous(?) Habit

Filed under: images, musings, recreation, words — Tags: , , , — schingle @ 3:22 pm

All right. Now, I don’t seem to be able to help myself. I look at the day’s word of the day and, more often than not, it catches my eye enough to feel the need to write about it. Today’s word? Zeugma. It’s meaning? “…the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way…” The example they used (on the word a day site) was: “…on his fishing trip, he caught three trout and a cold…”

In this case, it’s the use of the modifier “caught” that is the zeugma. I’m thinking finding a way to work “zeugma” into a conversation would be incredibly forced and awkward. However, using zeugmas in one’s writing could end up being a lot of fun. Obviously, if you just make a mistake (a sort of non sequitur), it wouldn’t be so funny. But doing it on purpose, for the sake of humor has a lot of possibilities. “Yesterday, was a banner day. I blew up a balloon and a building.”

At any rate, that’s today’s word of the day. I can’t promise I won’t go to the well again tomorrow. This is beginning to be fun.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this (we’re almost to the weekend) Thursday.

February 24, 2021

And, Again (Word of the Day)

So, today’s word of the day actually comes from a work of fiction, and is now found in (at least one) the dictionary. Lewis Carroll gives us the word “Frumious.” The meaning? Very angry. Etymology suggests this word as a blend of fuming and furious, which makes sense to me. Funny how Carroll, who was an intelligent and witty writer and poet (most famous for “Alice In Wonderland”), could actually invent, via one of his silly poems, a word that actually gets integrated into the language. This is the quote from which the word comes. It’s from “Jabberwocky,” which is a poem within the story, “Through The Looking Glass.”

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son…the jaws that bite, the claws that catch…beware the jubjub bird and shun…the frumious bandersnatch.”

As nonsensical as it is, it certainly is entertaining. Though meant for children, this writing has a definite appeal to the adult mind as well. I could see Lewis Carroll writing for “Bullwinkle and Rocky” or some similar cartoon. Anyway, that’s my take on the word of the day for today.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beautiful hump day (Wednesday).

February 23, 2021

Scary Numbers

This one will be a short one. I just read a disturbing article. The article stated that 46% of all Republicans polled would be willing to split the party and join a new (former dictator)-led party. Think about that. If the two major parties are split relatively evenly across the US, that means nearly a quarter of all Americans think that the orange one has some merit. AFTER, he instigated a riot on the US Capitol. Tell me that isn’t scary.

I just don’t have a lot of faith in the populace of the United States, any more. It just seems that the American people are getting stupider and stupider. When do we, as a nation, WAKE THE HELL UP?

Ok, enough proselytizing. The people of my country are making me sick.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beautiful Tuesday morning.

February 22, 2021

To the Well One More Time

Filed under: images, musings, words, writers — Tags: , , , — schingle @ 3:24 pm

It’s Monday. My brain is barely awake, and I have to go out and be nice to people as they get in my car. Most of the time, that’s ok, but once in a while, well… The bottom line is, I still don’t have an original idea for blogging so I went to the word a day calendar. Today’s word, while not as fun as the last few, is still one I’d never heard. Today’s word is darg. It’s meaning? A day’s work.

Like I say, not as much fun as some previous words, but an interesting one, nonetheless. It has obviously fallen out of the daily vernacular, or at least among anyone I know. Doing some further research, also provided from the word a day site, the term comes from the Middle English “daiwerk”, then transitioned to “dark” and finally to “darg.” Apparently, this word is more common in Scotland and the North of England. In addition, in Australia, “darg” means “a fixed or definite amount of work; a work quota.” It’s just interesting to me how words grow and change in meaning.

At any rate, as lazy as it was, that’s my post for the day. I learned something new and hopefully you found it entertaining, even if you didn’t find it informative.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beginning of the work week, Monday.

February 21, 2021

A Quick Recap

Filed under: hockey, images, musings, recreation, Sports — Tags: , , , — schingle @ 4:08 pm

I know most of you don’t care, but I want to touch on some of the highlights of yesterday’s/last night’s Colorado Avalanche hockey game on beautiful lake Tahoe, on the upper Nevada/California border. It was a strange game for the ages.

First off, I want to delve just a tiny bit on the importance of ice conditions in order to play hockey. The ice really needs to be as smooth as glass or as close to it as possible. If the ice is to rutty, a skater can break an ankle pretty easily. Though the temperatures for this outdoor game were pretty cold (around 27 degrees, Fahrenheit or -2, Centigrade), the sun was quite bright. Trust me on this one, but growing up in Colorado, I know how that goes. We could get a twelve inch snow storm, but if the sun came out the next day, the snow could melt pretty fast. So, the sun was making the ice unsafe for the players. After the first period, the game was postponed for eight hours to do repairs on the ice and let the sun go down.

When they finally started the second period, which was at 9pm local time (the original puck drop had been 12 noon), they started playing some real and high quality hockey. It was really an entertaining game, made all the better with the Avs posting a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Go Avs.

And, with that, I’ll leave you and let you all enjoy the rest of the weekend.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace om this gorgeous Sunday morning.

February 20, 2021

Ah…The Great Outdoors!

Filed under: community, hockey, images, musings, Sports, weekends — Tags: , , , — schingle @ 6:47 pm

I know this week, I’ve been a bit ruminative as far as subject matter. It’s either been the word of the day or hockey. Well, today, it’s hockey.

But, I can’t help it. This afternoon, my favorite hockey team takes to the ice in the great outdoors. Every once in a while the NHL (National Hockey League) will schedule a game at an outdoor venue and hockey is played the old fashioned way. Most of the NHLers grew up playing on outdoor ponds and didn’t get to play in indoor rinks until they were older. I know players are looking forward, and I KNOW the fans are.

This afternoon the Avs are playing the Vegas Golden Knights near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The game will be played on a quickly thrown together man made rink on the 18th hole of a luxury golf course next to the huge lake. It will be a blast to watch.

Last year, almost to the day (it was February 15, 2020) we got to watch these same Avs play a “home game” at the Air Force Academy (their football stadium) in Colorado Springs against the Los Angeles Kings. The Avs lost that game, but the atmosphere was amazing. We drove up there and met my brother and a great time was had by all.

I’m so looking forward to the game this afternoon. It should be a ball, and can only be topped by a Colorado Avalanche win. Go Avs.

And, as always, here’s wishing everyone peace on this beautiful day off Saturday.

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