30-Day Word Challenge: Day 27

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Day 27 — A word from an inside joke

When I was in high school, lo those 20 years ago now, a friend of mine snuck a naughty book into school to read during lunch. She tried to share a particularly salacious passage with me, thinking I’d find it as absurd as she did, but the noise in the cafeteria meant that even though I was straining to hear her, I misheard “one good thrust” as “one red dress.” Now, every time I see the word thrust, regardless of the manner it’s being used, I cackle to myself at the memory.

30-Day Word Challenge: Day 26

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Day 26 — A word that you’d name your memoir

Wow. I can’t say I’ve given this a ton of thought. I’ve never been interested in reading other people’s memoirs unless they’re a leading historical or political figure, and I’m definitely neither. So, the idea of writing my own is kind of odd to me. I suppose if I did, the word I’d choose is misunderstood. I think my introverted nature and quiet demeanor sometimes come off as rude or standoffish to people who don’t know me, especially in social situations. I’m not comfortable around people I don’t know, and it takes me a while to warm up to strangers and feel like a part of the group. I tend to hang back in the corner and quietly observe everyone, rather than participate. I guess to people who don’t know me or don’t know anyone like that, it reads differently from how it would to people who do.

A little bit country.

Today’s Word of the Day is yokel which means, “a naive person from a rural area or town.” I live in a semi-rural area, so I know a thing or two about yokels. I live amongst them, shop amongst them. There’s nothing wrong with being a yokel, not really, it’s just not me. I’m from Chicago, so I’m an urban, city girl. The only thing I have a real issue with is the politics of the area, but I can’t change that alone. I do my part and vote every two years, but I have to rely on the people around me to do the same and hope they vote like I do. (Spoiler: They don’t.) With that in mind, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I thought I’d share one of my favorite country songs with you, a genre I wouldn’t have gotten into if it wasn’t for my Dad. He loves country, but it’s classic country. So, think Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Patsy Cline, etc. Another one of those artists is Marty Robbins, someone whose entire discography he owns. On vinyl. Here is “Ruby Ann” by the aforementioned Mr. Robbins. Enjoy!

30-Day Word Challenge: Day 25

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Day 25 — A word that describes you

The first word that comes to mind is quiet. I am not a loud and obtrusive person. I’m more apt to fade into the wallpaper if I’m ever invited to a party or gathering than I am to get drunk and dance on a table or scream loudly in the middle of the room. I’ve always been mousy and bookish, two other words that describe me fairly well, and over the years I’ve learned to accept that as my personality rather than try and change it. My younger sister is much more extroverted and social than I am, and growing up and even into my 20s, I was insanely jealous of her for that. Now, I’m sort of at peace with it all. Funnily enough, she now wishes she was more like me.

The all-powerful.

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Today’s Word of the Day is omnipotent which means, “having virtually unlimited authority.” I think we can all agree that anyone who claims to be omnipotent has a few screws loose. Especially so if they claim to be omnipotent at their jobs. There’s something inherently dangerous about having a boss or manager…or president…who thinks there’s no checks or balances on what they do. Abuse of power is a serious problem, whether you work for McDonald’s or the federal government. All too often though, we see people using even the tiniest bit of power or authority over someone or a group of people to act like one of the biggest assholes that ever lived. Usually, it’s because they were picked on or kicked around when they were younger and now they have someone or a group of someones to take it out on.

30-Day Word Challenge: Day 24


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I would give all the money I have plus several limbs to be able to look like that for 24 hours.


Day 24 — A word from a movie quote

I just saw this film the other day, so it’s the first quote that came to mind.

“You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”

As you no doubt surmised, the word is whistle. I don’t think anyone could deliver that line quite the way Lauren Bacall did, and I dearly hope no one ever tries. It’s from the movie “To Have and Have Not” from 1944. She was 19 years old, and I believe it was her first major starring role, and she was opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart. I’ve seen a lot of parodies of that line over the years, both in other movies and on TV, and they all fall way short of being humorous. Just leave the classics alone, folks. They’re classics for a reason.

Eat, drink, and be merry.

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Today’s Word of the Day is gourmand which means, “one who is excessively fond of eating and drinking.” I tend to hear this word used a lot to describe someone who is a snob about the food/drink they like or a snob about the idea of eating and drinking than someone who just enjoys it in general. I don’t drink, but I do enjoy eating food I like. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a gourmand. Anthony Bourdain to me was a gourmand. He liked good food and good alcohol, but he definitely had a line in the sand about what he considered “good” and what he didn’t. I didn’t always agree with him, but I could respect the methodology. I wasn’t a world-class chef. He was.

30-Day Word Challenge: Day 23

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Day 23 — A word that would be a funny dog name

In my lifetime, I’ve had four dogs; two pugs, one named Sara, the other Baxter. Then, we had an English Springer Spaniel named Bismark (after the jelly donut, not Otto von Bismarck). Lastly, we had a basset hound Theodore, who just sadly passed away a month ago. None of those are particularly funny, though Bismark I will admit is odd. However, if I had to think of a funny word to give a dog for a name, it would undoubtedly have to be Tabby. That’s another word for a cat! Just like I doubt you’d name your cat Rover or Fido.  😉

Good times, good feelings.

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Today’s Word of the Day is fraternize which means, “to be friendly or amiable with someone.” I sometimes see this word used in terms of behavior that is prohibited, particularly between two people or two groups of people. For example, NFL cheerleaders are not allowed to “fraternize” with the players on the teams they cheer for. They can’t date them, they can’t even hang out with them socially. Now, I don’t think that’s necessary, grown women can hang out with whomever they want without it causing an issue for their job, but the teams make the rules. Fraternize comes from the Medieval Latin frater meaning, “brother.” Just as a little bonus, other English words we use that come from that same root are friar, fraternity, and confraternity which is a society devoted to a religious or charitable cause. So, The Salvation Army, for example.

30-Day Word Challenge: Day 22

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Day 22 — A word that is an oxymoron

Well. I’m sure we’ve all heard the expressions “good grief” and “jumbo shrimp” and even the occasionally popular “military intelligence,” but those aren’t one word, they’re two. I had a couple of words to choose from for this, but I opted for bittersweet. It describes something that is equally as good or desirable as it is bad. I think everyone has had a bittersweet moment or two in their lives. Maybe you get that great job offer, but it means moving away from your friends and family. Something like that. How do you handle these kinds of moments when they happen to you? Do you focus on the bitter part or the sweet part?