Who the what now?

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Today’s Word of the Day is nomothetic which means, “involving abstract or general statements.” This is another one of those words I’ve never heard of before, never seen used before, and until 30 seconds ago, had no idea existed. Every now and again, here at Designer Sophisticate, I share one of these words with you so you can be confused too. I suppose something like, “I love pizza!” could be considered “nomothetic” since that’s a rather general statement. It doesn’t say what kind of pizza I like or when I like to eat said pizza, so there aren’t any specifics to it.

What are some of your favorite general statements?


None for me, thanks.

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Today’s Word of the Day is boycott which means, “to refuse to use or buy (something).” When I think of boycotts, I think primarily of the Civil Rights Movement and how blacks were able to slowly chip away at Jim Crow laws in the South to gain access to serving counters, restrooms, schools, department stores, public transportation, you name it. What I don’t think about are all the dumb-ass boycotts you hear about in the news nowadays, whether it’s of Starbucks or Keurig or Nike or some other company that has done/said something to piss off the right-wing in this country. Boycotts used to be effective tools for social change. Now they’re just pathetic wastes of time that exist more on social media than they do in real life. I wonder if any of these people are students of history. My guess would be not.

Quit being a baby.

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Today’s Word of the Day is malinger which means, “to pretend illness so as to avoid duty.” I don’t ask for words that describe Hair Twitler, yet they fall into my lap anyway. Leaving aside Cadet Bone Spurs (thank you, Sen. Duckworth), I think we all know someone who uses any kind of illness, no matter how slight, to get out of doing something. You know, the people who can’t come to work for a week because they have the sniffles. I’m not talking about the flu, I mean just a minor head cold. Take some medicine, drink a lot of fluids, get off your butt. No one likes to be productive when they’re not feeling well, but being productive is sometimes one of the best things you can do because it makes you feel alive. Whenever I’m sick, unless I’m really and truly ill, I hate lying around in bed feeling sorry for myself. I take a shower, put on some clean clothes, and do some work, even if it’s just housework.

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

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Today’s Word of the Day is eclectic which means, “drawing or drawn from varied sources.” I’ve mentioned before that I have an extremely diverse collection of music, whether on my computer or alongside my record player, and eclectic is definitely the right word to use to describe it. There isn’t a genre of music I haven’t listened to at least once and found an artist or a song in it that I’ve liked. I inherited my love of music from my dad, and his music library is even more diverse than mine. I have Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Kylie Minogue, Kiri Te Kanawa, Beethoven, and NSYNC all in the same playlist, just to give an example. Most of the time I just put my entire library on Shuffle and listen to whatever comes up.

The worst of the worst.

Today’s Word of the Day is abominable which means, “worthy of hatred or disgust.” Normally on Fridays, I share with you one of my favorite songs that connects in some way to what the Word of the Day is, but since today’s word talks about things that are awful, I thought I’d share with you instead a song I absolutely hate. When you see it, you may ask yourself, “HOW CAN YOU HATE THAT SONG?! IT’S A CLASSIC!!” Well, for me, it’s overplayed tripe. It’s not even the best song on the album its on — that would be When the Levee Breaks. I understand that this song is considered the band’s magnum opus, but I have all their albums. They did better. They did better before, they did better after it. If you love the song, I hope you continue to love it. Don’t let my opinion change your mind. So, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin. Enjoy!

Happy New Year!

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Today’s Word of the Day is handsel which means, “a good-luck gift for the new year.” I can’t believe it’s 2019 already. It feels like just yesterday I graduated from high school, which was in the year 2000, by the way. I certainly hope 2019 is better than 2018 was, but that remains to be seen. I hope all of you had a festive holiday season, and I hope none of you got stupid last night on New Year’s Eve. I’m all for celebratory conviviality, but I’m not for drunken obnoxiousness. Don’t forget to eat some black-eyed peas and collard greens today for good luck and money…if you believe the old wives’ tale.

Like a mule.

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Today’s Word of the Day is obdurate which means, “stubbornly persist in wrongdoing.” I sometimes wonder if Merriam-Webster picks words specifically to refer to a certain orange-tinged clown we all loathe and are repulsed by, because this word pretty solidly nails him to a wall. Of course, I’m sure we all know someone in our personal or professional lives that this word describes equally as well since stubbornness is not inherent only to that aforementioned person. Albert Einstein once said that insanity was doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results, and at one time or another, I think everyone is guilty of doing something over and over again, whether recognizing what they’re doing is wrong or not, hoping that something different will happen. We tend to grow out of it as adults, but sometimes…sometimes…we never do.

Tell me, is our government still being held hostage over something that isn’t going to happen, not in anyone’s lifetime? It is? Hmm.

Sounds like a dream.

Today’s Word of the Day is canorous which means, “pleasant sounding or melodious.” I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas on Tuesday and that you spent it with friends and family with lots of good food on the table. I’m about to tuck into my usual Friday breakfast, but before I do, I wanted to share my Musical Interlude Friday selection which is most definitely “pleasant sounding.” I thought about choosing a piece of orchestral music, maybe something from The Nutcracker owing to the time of year, but I thought I’d save that for another week when the Word of the Day works well with it. No, today I thought I’d share one of my favorite songs, performed by one of my favorite singers. Most people, I assume, are more familiar with Frank Sinatra’s version, and while I love me some Frank, I don’t think his version is the best version of this particular song. It’s melancholic, romantic, sanguine…it needs a different kind of voice, and this man provides it. Here is “Fly Me to the Moon” by Tony Bennett. Enjoy!

¡Feliz Navidad!

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Today’s Word of the Day is benison which means, “a blessing or benediction.” I hope all of you, my wonderful readers, have a joyous Christmas, wherever you happen to be celebrating it today. It’ll just be my parents and I, my sister, and her boyfriend, but that’s more than enough. I hope your stockings were hung by the chimney with care, and I hope your ham (or turkey, if you’re in the UK) doesn’t burn. As a bonus to Musical Interlude Friday, I thought I’d share one of my favorite Christmas songs with you. Here is The First Noel, as performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Eugene Ormandy. Enjoy!

You’re a mean one.


This cartoon scared me when I was little. It wasn’t until I was older that I appreciated the message of the story.

Today’s Word of the Day is grinch which means, “one who spoils the pleasure of others.” Obviously, this time of year, a grinch is someone who doesn’t have the Christmas spirit or who chides/looks down on others who do. Even though I have no money to buy Christmas gifts for people, and no one I know has money to buy any for me, I still love Christmas. I enjoy looking at all the decorations, listening to the music on the radio, putting up a tree…I’ve enjoyed it all since I was a little girl, and I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon. I hope all of you have your shopping done (if you have people to buy for) and whatever food you’re preparing tomorrow, I hope is safely stowed away in your pantry and fridge.