Look carefully.

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Today’s Word of the Day is tortuous which means, “marked by turns or indirection.” I bet you weren’t expecting that. When one hears the word “tortuous”, they think of torture, of extreme punishment or of something that is completely unbearable. However, the reason for that is like most people, myself included, they probably confused it with “torturous,” which DOES have to do with torture. That one little “r” makes all the difference. I wonder how many other words out there separated by only one letter people often confuse. It’s an honest mistake; if you’re reading quickly, you just gloss over it in whatever sentence it’s in, and you don’t notice that you misread it. In fact, I just did that a few moments ago before opening up this new blog post. So, don’t feel bad. It’s part of what makes us human.


Satisfy me.

Today’s Word of the Day is satiate which means, “to satisfy fully or to excess.” I’ve used this word quite a bit to describe eating or drinking something after I’ve either been working hard outside in the hot sun or I just wasn’t hungry/thirsty before, but now I am. I say it “satiated” my hunger or thirst. It’s also a word that can be used in non-food related ways, and I’ll leave you to figure out what those ways are.  😉

I thought for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I’d share with you a song that is most definitely satisfying to listen to and, if you’re a musician yourself, most definitely satisfying to play. Here is “Classical Gas” by Mason Williams. Enjoy!

We make a great team.

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Today’s Word of the Day is miscible which means, “capable of being mixed.” One of my favorite miscible pairings is chocolate and peanut butter. I could demolish a bag of miniature Reese’s peanut butter cups in a couple of hours if I really set my mind to it. Of course, it’s not a good idea to do that, which is why I don’t, but if it were…

Another great pairing to me is chocolate and chili. I know, that may sound odd to you, but it’s really quite good. Chocolate is sweet (well, in general, it is; I prefer dark chocolate which is quite bitter) and chili is hot, so the two play off each other. I didn’t think I’d like it until I tried it, upon which I discovered it was really damn tasty. As I said above, I don’t like sweet chocolate, I like really bitter dark chocolate, and that works even better than milk chocolate when mixed with chili.

What are some of your favorite food or drink pairings? Is there a combo you really love but other people think is kind of gross? For example, my sister likes mixing salsa with cottage cheese. Don’t ask. I think she does that just to spite me.

Settle it like adults.

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Today’s Word of the Day is démarche which means, “an often diplomatic course of action.” Sometimes it can be hard to diplomatic, particularly when emotions are running high. Finding the best middle ground when you really want to punish the other side is tough. Being able to do that despite how you’re feeling says a lot about you, which is why people should strive for that whenever they can. I’m sure this word references something a bit more important or hifalutin than just settling a dispute between friends or coworkers, but I’m pretty sure the language gods won’t be annoyed if you used it in a less austere setting.

A whole bunch o’ stuff.

Today’s Word of the Day is ominum-gatherum which means, “a miscellaneous collection.” No, that’s not a spell from Harry Potter, though it could be. I think it’s a rather whimsical way to describe a jumble of different things. For example, your bedroom closet could be considered an omnium-gatherum depending on how organized it is. Same with your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer. However, I would most use this to describe my iTunes Library, which I’ve talked about here before. I’ve got a little bit of everything, from heavy metal to bluegrass. It’s heavy on songs from the 1960s and 1970s, but that’s just where my taste lies. It’s actually astonishing to look at everything I’ve got because it really does run the gamut from A-Z. I think the only kind of music that isn’t represented genre-wise is a polka. Otherwise, it’s all there. I thought for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I’d pick a genre, then pick a song at random from that genre. So, we’re going with jazz today — here is “Work Song” by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet. Enjoy!

Tall and proud.


If you don’t think this is art, then I have to wonder what you DO consider art. Dogs playing poker? Elvis painted on black velvet?

Today’s Word of the Day is totem which means, “an object used as a family or clan emblem.” I would gather most people in North America are familiar with the word totem because of totem poles, which I have to think everyone’s seen at least a picture of once in their lives. I’ve never actually seen one up close, which stinks because in photos they’re beautiful. I can only imagine in person they’re even more striking. They were also carved by hand and are incredibly tall, which had to take a lot of painstaking, delicate work. I wasn’t entirely sure what totem poles represented, so I looked it up — that would be a lot of typing to try and summarize it, so instead, you can read it all here. I will say I didn’t know that they are indigenous to the Pacific Northwest of North America; I thought they could found all over both Canada and the United States.

Like a bell.

Today’s Word of the Day is clarion which means, “brilliantly clear or loud and clear.” Most people are probably familiar with the expression “clarion call,” which refers to something impossible to ignore. I thought it would be interesting, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, to riff on that definition a little bit, rather than stick with it faithfully, as I usually (okay, sometimes) try to do. Considering we’re talking about something that makes its way to you, then becomes impossible to shake off, it’s only natural we talk about gossip, which is a clarion call all of its own. It can sometimes feel like we’re standing in a room full of people, all of them talking to us, but the person who has the hottest tea to spill is what our brains focus on first. So, if we’re talking about songs that concern gossip getting back to someone, there’s really only one song to pick. Here is “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Marvin Gaye. Enjoy!

Not all together.


This is how I feel sometimes watching the news, the few times I can stomach turning it on any more. WTF has happened to this country?

Today’s Word of the Day is addlepated which means, “confused or eccentric.” Addlepated has always been one of my favorite words, along with twitterpated and gobsmacked. There’s something whimsical about it that appeals to the inner 7-year-old in me. Of course, it’s also a word used to describe someone who’s pretty far gone, so it’s not entirely a fun, cute word. I remember my grandmother being described thusly when she was suffering from Parkinson’s-related dementia toward the end of her life. The nurses/staff were trying to be polite rather than saying, “She’s a crazy old bat.” Which she was, but I mean that with love.

What are some of your favorite cute-sounding words that really don’t mean anything cute?

A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

Today’s Word of the Day is motley which means, “made up of different people or things.” Now, when one hears the word “motley”, usually the word “crew” follows it, as it describes a rather rag-tag group of people. I assume that’s what the band Mötley Crüe was going for when they chose their name because…yikes. They’re all still alive, bless their hearts, despite the several tons of drugs and alcohol they drank, smoked, snorted, or shot up. They must have the same deal with the universe that Keith Richards does. I can’t say I’m a heavy metal (or glam metal, in their case) fan, but there are a few songs here and there I can enjoy if they come on the radio when I’m channel surfing. A lot of the Crue’s work is not quite my cup of tea, but there is one song of theirs I can sort of enjoy if I hear it. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Home Sweet Home” by Mötley Crüe. Enjoy!

It’s like oxygen.

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Today’s Word of the Day is desideratum which means, “something desired as essential.” I would wager that most people consider their iPhones/Android devices to be their desideratum, seeing as they probably can’t go more than half an hour without obsessively checking it for something. As much grief as I give these people, my beloved sister is also lumped in with them, which is part of why it annoys me. I don’t own a smartphone; I’m still limping along with a Motorola flip-phone I got in 2007 or 2008. Part of it is because I don’t have the money for an iPhone, much as I’d like one, and the rest is because I don’t really need one. For me, it would be a nice treat to have, but it wouldn’t be a necessity.

What is your desideratum? Is it a specific food you couldn’t live without or a song you really love?