Today’s Word of the Day is palimpsest which means, “writing material used more than one time.” I’ve seen and heard this word used a lot to describe multiple advertisements painted on exterior walls that, as one ad fades away, the others become visible over time. I’m sure you’ve seen what I’m talking about when you’re driving around your local city. Growing up in Chicago, I saw them all the time. The most recent ad might have been for something like a mechanic’s shop, but when that one faded away because of sun/weather, the ad that had been there before, maybe one for a clothing store, would suddenly be visible. It’s actually really interesting. You can tell the history of an area fairly well based on what advertisements were directed to the people that lived there. As for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I had a difficult time thinking of a song that in any way related to “palimpsest,” so I opted for choosing a song at random. Here is “Please, Please Me” by The Beatles. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is brummagem which means, “cheaply showy or not genuine.” In other words, a fake. An imposter. Whoever runs the Twitter account for Merriam-Webster knows a thing or two about shade. Their subtweet game is strong when it comes to politics, one politician in particular. I’ve never actually heard this word before or seen it used, so it’s a new one to me. I don’t know that I’ll use it in the future for anything, it’s not a natural-sounding word for my vocabulary, but if I ever want to wow someone with a fancy-schmancy word, I’ll use this one. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I thought I’d pick a song that talks about how the real thing is better. Here is “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is comminute which means, “to reduce to minute particles.” We can file this one away in the folder labeled “Words I’ve Never Heard Before.” Every now and again, Merriam-Webster throws a curveball at me. I used to think I was a fairly well-read person before I started doing these “Words of the Day” last year, but it turned out that I didn’t know as much as I thought I did, which is a good thing. Life is a continual process of growth, both physically and intellectually. It would suck if you stayed mentally stagnant your whole life. So, kudos to the dictionary for making me continue to use my brain. I appreciate you. Since I don’t know much, if anything, about the word comminute, I thought I’d segue into my Musical Interlude Friday selection, a song that kinda sorta has something to do with it. Here is “Bits and Pieces” by The Dave Clark Five. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is shard which means, “a piece or fragment (as of pottery).” Well, I can say I’ve broken a few dishes/bowls/glasses over the years being a clumsy dumbass while doing the dishes, but thankfully, I’ve never cut myself on any of the shards of broken glass and china. Of the myriad of ways I’ve hurt myself over the years having absolutely zero hand-eye coordination, that’s not one of them. Which is a good thing, as I hate hospitals, I hate needles, and I’ve had stitches enough times in my life already, I certainly don’t need any more. Today’s word also reminded me of one of my all-time favorite songs, an absolute ballbuster of a track, sung by a woman who could equally be described as a ballbuster. I’m talking about Janis Joplin, of course, and today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection is “Piece of My Heart” by Big Brother and the Holding Company. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is myopic which means, “lacking in foresight or discernment.” Basically it means, you only think about the short-term, not the long-term. You’re only focused on what’s good for you today, rather than what will be good for you 10, 20, even 30 years down the road. Rock stars in the 70s used to have a motto: “Live fast, die young, leave a good-looking corpse.” I think too many people nowadays have a similar attitude, even though they’re not in Led Zeppelin or Badfinger. It’s fun to do things for short-term enjoyment, but you also should consider the long-term ramifications, if any, for that enjoyment. In the spirit of today’s Word of the Day, I thought I’d pick a song that talks about living and having fun and being a part of the now, rather than the later (and not worrying about tomorrow). Here is “Let’s Live For Today” by The Grass Roots. Enjoy!
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.
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!
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!
Today’s Word of the Day is solstice which means, “the time the sun is farthest from the equator.” As today is the winter solstice, it’s the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight. The summer solstice, on the other hand, is the longest day of the year. It’s not very wintry where I live, I have to say. It’s currently 58°F, and I’m wearing my summer capri pants. I’m not complaining, though. Two weeks ago, we got 12″ of snow. I’ll take what we’ve got now. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I thought I’d share with you one of my favorite Christmas songs. My dad is a huge Kingston Trio fan, and they did a sort-of Christmas album back in the early 60s called “The Last Month of the Year.” I say sort-of Christmas album because none of the songs are the traditional Christmas songs most artists recorded. These were all original songs, save a couple. My absolute favorite is what I’ll be sharing with you today. Here is “The White Snows of Winter.” Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is exculpate which means, “to clear from alleged fault or guilt.” When my sister and I were younger, she loved to get me in trouble by breaking something or doing something, then blaming me for it. One of my favorites was when she pinched herself in the arm until she bruised, then ran and told our mother I did it to her. She saw through it of course, since I was outside with my dad at the time and she (read: my sister) was in the house, but it didn’t stop her from trying to get me in trouble anyway. I wasn’t sure how to tie that word into a song for today, so I had to resort to Google to see it could help. Surprisingly, it did! Today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection is “Not Guilty” by The Beatles. Enjoy!