To condescend, but not like that.

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Today’s Word of the Day is vouchsafe which means, “to grant as a privilege or special favor.” This is another word I can honestly say I’ve never used in a sentence before. I’d seen it used quite a lot in print, usually in books or magazine articles, but I’ve never actually used it myself…until now. It sounds like one of those words that if you use it, people will think you’re trying to sound smarter than you are, especially when saying “I told you the story” conveys the same meaning. Why say you vouchsafed someone the information when a less highbrow word can be used?

Do you know any other words like that where, if you used them, people might look at you like you made it up? I always call them SAT words because that’s about the only place you’ll be liable to find them.

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Can’t make up my mind.

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This isn’t me, but it’s a good approximation of what I look like when I can’t make up my mind about something. Minus the fact I’m not skinny or blonde.

Today’s Word of the Day is mercurial, which means “changing quickly and often.” I’ve often heard the word used to refer to people who are volatile or unpredictable. Meaning, you never quite know what you’re going to get from them any given day. This isn’t the same as someone suffering from bipolar disorder — that’s a serious illness and not a flippant way to describe a person’s behavior. I wonder if the genesis of this word has anything to do with haberdashers; back in ye olden days, felt hats were cured with mercury, and overexposure to mercury can cause mental instability. Remember the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland? How do you think he got his name?

Do you know anyone that can be called mercurial? Someone who can’t quite ever make up their mind for good about anything?

You’ve got a lot of nerve.

Today’s Word of the Day is gumption, which means “enterprise or initiative.” I think much like “moxie,” it’s a word not used often enough today. It’s a great way to say that someone has a lot of huevos, if you get my meaning. Today is also Friday the 13th, a superstitious day for some if you believe in that stuff. Rather than base my song choice off today’s word, I decided to take it from what happens to be on the calendar. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Back in Black” by AC/DC. Enjoy!

Smart is sexy.

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Today’s Word of the Day is cerebrate, which means “to use the mind.” I’ve always found intelligence to be the sexiest quality a guy can have, and I will happily go out with the guy that society says is ugly if he’s 10x smarter than the guy society says is a total babe. I don’t have time for stupid, and neither should anyone else. It almost seems like intelligence is becoming more and more devalued, which I cannot understand. I don’t blame social media for it, that would be too cheap and too easy. I see it on my sister’s face when she brings home assignments or tests to grade. She teaches 7th grade, so 12-13 year olds, and half of them can’t write legibly while the other half can write, but can’t spell or construct a sentence to save their lives.

Please. Read a book. One that doesn’t have pictures. Read many books. I try to read 2-3 books a month. When you’re on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram…spell all your words correctly. Use punctuation. Look like you give a shit.

“Nothing succeeds like excess.”

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With apologies to Oscar Wilde for cribbing my blog title today from him, it was the first thing that came to mind when I saw today’s Word of the Day — nimiety. It means “excess or redundancy.” It’s yet another word I can honestly say I haven’t heard before. What I’m enjoying about these Word of the Day posts is that I’m always learning something new, which should be the goal of everyone, every day. Now, when I think of nimiety, now that I know the word and what it means, I’m immediately drawn to an image of an overstuffed holiday table. We’ve all seen them. The tables piled high with more food than the people sitting at them could hope to eat in a lifetime. I understand the holidays are all about excess, and it’s the one time of year where it’s socially acceptable to eat like a pig in front of other people, but when you can’t even see the table anymore because there’s so much shit on it…it’s time to dial it back, don’t you think?

It would mean a lot.

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Today’s Word of the Day is benevolent, which means “kind and generous.” I can’t say I’ve ever heard this word used in a non-sarcastic manner. I know I’ve only ever used it in a mocking sense when someone says they’re going to do something nice for me (or someone else) when it’s something they should be doing anyway. For example:

“Oh, you’re going to put the air conditioning on when it’s 95°F outside? How benevolent of you, how decent of you.”

That being said, if you look at the definition of the word, benevolence is something there should be more of in this world, not less. We could all stand to be a lot nicer to one another, a lot more civil. It’s not easy sometimes, we all come across people who try our patience and tap dance on our last nerve, but it’s something we could all agree to work harder at.

Hit the books.

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Today’s Word of the Day is lucubration, which means “laborious or intensive study.” I can’t say I’ve ever heard that word before, so it’s a new one for me. It reminds me of my last few semesters of college. It felt like I was constantly studying or writing 100+ page papers for one class or another, and my last day of school, when I took my absolute last college final exam, I remember letting out a huge sigh of relief when I stepped into the hallway. I loved college, and in a lot of ways I miss it, and if I could do it over again, there are a few things I’d do differently.

What class did you have to study the most for in school? It could be high school or college, if you went. For me, it was anything math-related, especially Accounting. I’ve spoken about it here before, but damn did I hate that class.

Marching to one’s own beat.

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Today’s Word of the Day is eccentric, which means “tending to act in unusual ways.” I think we all know someone or have met someone who could charitably be described this way. Maybe it’s the old lady down the street with the 6 cats who dresses like Bette Davis in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. I’ve always considered eccentricity to be a good thing, though. There’s nothing wrong, in my eyes, with being a little weird. Provided, of course, that weirdness isn’t illegal or anything. People should be free to be who they are, without worrying about other people laughing at them or bullying them or doxxing them on the Internet over it.

Let’s be kind, people. Kindness is free.

You can’t hide them.

Today’s Word of the Day is sophistry, which means, “subtly deceptive reasoning or argument.” You know, back in ye olden days, when I first thought about starting this blog, I nearly called it “Gen-X Sophistry,” and looking back, I’m glad I didn’t. Designer Sophisticate is more me. The funny thing is, I didn’t choose those two words for any reason beyond that they sounded good when paired together. Getting back to the word for today, the first thing that came to mind when I read the definition was this tune…which I’ll share with you now. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Lyin’ Eyes” by Eagles. Enjoy!

Happy Fourth of July!

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Today’s Word of the Day is pyrotechnics, which means, “a display of fireworks.” Quite appropriate given the day today, I believe. I’ll say the same thing to you, glorious readers, as I did to my Twitter followers — stay safe. If you’re going to set off fireworks or sparklers, don’t drink. If you’re going to drink, don’t set off fireworks or sparklers. A holiday, no matter how festive and fun is worth your life or any of your body parts. You hear in the news all the time on July 5 how X number of people were sent to the hospital with burns, missing fingers, etc. It’s not worth it. My family is grilling hot dogs and sausages for lunch today, with baked beans (RIP Duke) and my mom’s homemade cole slaw, then later tonight my sister and I are going to watch our town’s local fireworks display. I also hope all of you take the time, if you’re an American, to think about the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and why both are so, so, so very important and worth protecting. The very fabric of our country is being slowly shredded, piece by piece, by an orange clown wielding a large pair of scissors. Remember what it means to be an American and fight like hell to protect everyone, including the most vulnerable.

I hope you and yours have a safe, happy, FUN day today.  😀