Today’s Word of the Day is zibeline which means, “a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair.” I’m the last person anyone would go to for fashion advice or for questions about what something is or is not, so today’s word might as well be in another language for all the good it does me. I couldn’t tell you the difference between silk shantung and silk chiffon even at gunpoint. I subscribe to a couple of really interesting and amazing YouTube channels that feature costumers who make their own clothes based from vintage patterns, so I’ve heard of a lot of these fabrics (though not zibeline) or styles, but not from having studied fashion design. I thought for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I’d go with someone who, as the title of today’s post suggests, was always well-dressed. Here is “Fashion” by David Bowie. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is perennial which means, “living or existing for a long time.” My family has a few holiday traditions we do every year. I’ve talked about the Turkey Story on Thanksgiving, but a Christmas tradition we have is not putting the tree up until after my sister’s birthday. She was born on December 3, so when she was little, we’d always wait to put up our tree (or get it if it was a real one) until after that date so she didn’t think we thought Christmas was more important. The truly amusing thing is, she’s 31 now, and our parents still refuse to put up the tree until after her birthday. I joked with them that she’s in no danger of feeling like we’re putting Christmas first if they put the tree up before that, but as of yet, they’re in no hurry to suddenly change things up. Maybe one day, but I wouldn’t hold my breath about it.
Today’s Word of the Day is immure which means, “to enclose within walls.” As most of you probably know, as I’ve mentioned it a few times, I live in North Carolina, specifically in the Piedmont Triad. We got slammed with a snowstorm this weekend that dumped 12″ of snow on us, and while the street outside our house has been plowed (we thankfully live on a school bus route), shoveling out the driveway will be a hassle, just because of how deep it is. It’s too deep to even drive over to tamp down, so we can’t leave the house until it’s been cleared. I mention this because as we were shoveling out the stairs and sidewalk Sunday afternoon, after the heaviest of the snow passed, it was piling up on the grass beside us like a giant wall of white. It’s not that giant, I mean, I am allowed poetic license and all, but it’s a lot taller than other piles of snow get in other winters. I’m hoping that’s the last of it until next year. Just a dusting if that is all I’ll accept from now on. The last time I had to shovel out a foot of snow, I was still living in Chicago, which was almost 18 years ago now.
Today’s Word of the Day is approbation which means, “approval, commendation, or praise.” One, I’d like to thank Merriam-Webster for using the Oxford comma in that list of words, it’s the only Grammar Nazi-esque moment I have online. I will say something if you don’t use it. Two, that was a great example of approbation. I think humans are hardwired to enjoy getting praise or compliments for something they’ve done well, the same as animals are. Ever notice when you tell your dog he or she has been good, they wag their tails more excitedly and maybe give a couple of happy barks? Feeling like we’re appreciated or our works/talents are needed by someone else is always a great feeling. For example, yesterday, I spent most of the afternoon cleaning our front yard of leaves, and afterward, I got plenty of compliments on how nice the yard looked and how thankful my parents were of the hard work I put into doing it. I sometimes wish I could bottle that feeling up and carry it with me all day.
Today’s Word of the Day is sandbag which means, “to hide the truth so as to take advantage of.” In other words, it means to lie to someone in order to get something out of them. I can’t say I’ve ever been sandbagged myself or done the sandbagging, but I’ve seen it happen, and it’s horrible. I’m not good at lying to people anyway, I don’t have a very good poker face, so it’s not likely I’d get away with doing it myself, even if I wanted to. Not to mention, while I’m not Buddhist, I do believe in karma. I think if you do bad things to other people, bad things will happen to you in return, and I’d rather not tempt fate like that. Keeping that in mind, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Use Me” by Bill Withers. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is dossier which means, “a file containing detailed records.” If you follow politics, or if you haven’t been living in a cave the past two years, you’ve probably heard reference to the Steele Dossier, as it pertains to Comrade Combover and his dealings with Russia, but the word can be used in decidedly non-political ways too. I always heard my principal when I was in high school use the word “dossier” to refer to our permanent record, something I’m not entirely sure, even to this day, exists. You were always threatened with something ending up on it, something that would damage your ability to get into college or find a good job, but has anyone ever truly suffered because of something put on their “permanent record”? I just figure your permanent record is a list of your grades and if you got suspended/expelled for anything. That’s damaging to you as an adult? I’m going to need to see the receipts on that.
Today’s Word of the Day is circumvent which means, “to manage to get around by ingenuity.” I can’t say I’m all that creative when I want to get out doing something I don’t want to do. I don’t have a good poker face, so outright lying isn’t an option, and in order to come up with something plausible or even remotely believable, I need more time than it would probably take to get away with whatever it is successfully. My sister is good at that kind of stuff. She can come up with ideas off the top of her head, and nine times out of ten, they work. I’ve always been jealous of her for that.
Speaking of my sister, today is her 31st birthday. So, Happy Birthday, Karie! The above photo is for you. 🙂
Today’s Word of the Day is dram which means, “a small amount.” You tend to hear this word used in conjunction with alcohol, as in, “I’ll take a dram of whisky, please.” I don’t actually drink, never having developed the desire to do it, but I’m not anti-liquor anything. Everything in moderation, whether that’s beer or pizza or exercise…pick your poison. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I thought I’d pick a song that references alcohol and what can happen if you imbibe too much. Here is “Whiskey Lullaby” by Allison Krauss and Brad Paisley. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is ritzy which means, “fashionable or posh.” I think everyone harbors a secret desire to be wealthy. Not only because it means being able to buy expensive things or live in luxurious homes, but to provide absolute security for themselves and their families. Why else do so many people play the lottery? Yes, your chances of winning are infinitesimal, but it’s still a chance. I think one of the first things I’d do if I came into that kind of money is pay off all our family’s debts, including the house. Then, I’d have all necessary repairs made to it, like fixing the back deck, replacing an old air conditioning unit, and patching up some spots on the roof that will be trouble in a few years. After that, I’d take half of what’s left and put it in the bank to accrue some interest, then divvy up the rest between myself and my individual family members. I need a new computer, a new bed, some new clothes…I’d have fun. For once, I’d sleep peacefully (not just because of said new mattress) because I wouldn’t have to worry about what will happen to my family if something breaks. OH — I’d get my parents a new car. Theirs is almost 16 years old, and while it still runs well, it has some issues.
Today’s Word of the Day is betwixt which means, “between.” I’m not sure the dictionary would class “betwixt” as archaic, but I can’t remember the last time I heard the word used or saw it used in print. 99.9% of the time, if someone wants to say something is between something else, they’ll just use the word “between.” Now, me on the other hand, I love me some fancy words. Betwixt, thrice, beseech, and anon (not anonymous, but anon — it means at once or immediately)…I use them semi-regularly when I want to show off to other people that I know them. I don’t do it in a condescending manner, no one likes to be made to feel stupid, but I do it in almost a bet-you-haven’t-heard-this-word-before kind of way. If you want to learn some more archaic or seldom used words so you can whip them out at a cocktail party, go here. My readers are intelligent people, so it’s possible you already know most of those words, but I bet there will be a few in there to surprise even you. Happy reading!