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!
Today’s Word of the Day is dearth which means, “scarcity, famine, or lack.” I can think of more than a few things we have a dearth of in this country, sad to say. I was just reading an article this morning about a woman in Pennsylvania telling another woman she heard speaking Spanish, “I hope Trump deports you.” The woman was Puerto Rican; Puerto Ricans have been American citizens since 1917. If she left…she can come back. They have US Passports. That’s on top of the idiocy of assuming someone speaking Spanish must be undocumented. I speak Spanish. Want to throw ME out of the country? Oh wait, I’m white. So, let’s start with a basic sense of human decency. That’s #1 on the list of what this country has a terrifying lack of. Same goes for anyone calling the cops on a black person for no reason. Try not being piss-pants terrified of anyone whose skin color is darker than ecru.
To change subjects, yesterday I had to put my beloved cat Lucky to sleep. She was 19. She’d been fine up until a month ago when suddenly everything started going wrong at once. She was having accidents outside her litter box, her appetite began decreasing, she started losing a lot of weight, she was sleeping a lot more…then yesterday morning while I was trying to give her some water, she began having a seizure. The vet who examined her told us the laundry list of issues she had, telling us that cats have a way of coping so that it doesn’t show to their owners or to other animals; there’s no way we could have known until it tipped over. It was a difficult decision because I’ve had this cat my entire adult life. We took her in as a stray back in 2000 when she was only a couple of months old. So, from the ages of 18 to 37, she’s always been there. It was strange going to bed last night and not seeing her sleeping on my bed waiting for me. I’m dedicating today’s Musical Interlude Friday to her. Here is “Stray Cat Strut” by The Stray Cats. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is apposite which means “highly pertinent or appropriate.” The spellchecker in my browser doesn’t recognize that as a word, thinking I misspelled “opposite.” Now that’s funny. I don’t know the word very well, having never, to my recollection, seen or heard it used before. I looked the word up to see if I could find examples of it used in a sentence so I had a better grasp on how to use it, and apparently, it can be used in place of the word “appropriate.” For example — “I need to go shopping to find an apposite dress for the Ladies’ Guild brunch next week.” I personally wouldn’t use it though, because when saying the word, it sounds too much like “opposite.” What IS apposite is my song selection for this week’s Musical Interlude Friday. As the title of this post suggests, it’s an oldie but a goodie (if you’re of a certain age). Here is “The Right Stuff” by New Kids on the Block. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is putsch which means, “a secret plot to overthrow a government.” The most famous putsch I can imagine people have heard of is the Beer Hall Putsch in 1923, led by Adolf Hitler. It failed, and while he initially got away and escaped arrest, he eventually was arrested, convicted of treason, and sentenced to five years in prison. For treason. Maybe they should have thought of a stiffer punishment. While he was in prison, he dictated Mein Kampf, so, the failed coup d’état turned out to be a rather propitious event for him. Not so much for the rest of Europe and anyone who didn’t have blonde hair and blue eyes. It’s easy to look at an event like this and wonder how the course of world history would have changed if any one variable in this whole play was different. What if it had succeeded? What if Hitler had been killed? What if he’d never been involved at all? I think that’s what sometimes makes a historian’s job so difficult. You have the facts of what happened, then all the conjecture surrounding the what-ifs. I thought for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection since we’re talking about Germany, I’d choose a song by a German artist. Here is “99 Luftballons” by Nena. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is ecstatic which means, “marked by a state of overwhelming emotion.” Ecstatic is one of those feelings I think everyone wants to feel, but sometimes never quite reaches. We can be overjoyed, we can be thrilled, we can even be elated and euphoric, but never quite ecstatic. I think everyone should aspire to be that happy. I know I do. With that in mind, today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection talks about being so overcome with a feeling of happiness, you just want to share it with the world. Here is “I’m So Excited” by The Pointer Sisters. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is reverberate which means, “to reflect, repel, echo, or resound.” If you’ve ever tried to shout at the Grand Canyon in the hopes of hearing your voice repeated back to you, then you know this word well. I don’t know if that actually happens in real life or if it requires a very specialized set of circumstances first. It seems like something that could happen, but I’ve only ever seen it in TV shows or movies, and obviously, none of that is real. Something else that came to mind when I saw this word was the song “Voices Carry” by ‘Til Tuesday (I stole the title of my blog post from the lyrics). As a bonus to Musical Interlude Friday, I’ll share it below. I can remember as a kid my parents telling my sister and I to keep it down (whether we were playing or fighting since really, it was a 50/50 coin toss which one it was) because our voices reverberated, and they could hear us down the street. Thankfully, the neighbors never complained.
Today’s Word of the Day is purview which means, “the range of authority or knowledge.” The minute I saw this, my mind when to one place — The Thick of It. It was a British show that starred Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker, an incredibly foul-mouthed government employee who worked as a spin master of sorts for the Prime Minister. The reason I thought of it was because of this scene, which I will link to rather than insert into the post because the language is VERY NSFW. The scene is actually from the movie “In the Loop,” but the characters are the same and Malcolm is very Malcolm. I thought to honor Peter Capaldi’s Scottish heritage, I thought for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I’d pick a song by a well-known Scottish artist or band. So, here is “In a Big Country” by Big Country. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is two-bit which means, “cheap, trivial, or petty.” This, clearly, is not a compliment. I’ve always heard the word used in the expression “two-bit hooker” to describe a woman who either is a prostitute (and not a very luxurious one) or a woman who looks like a cheap hooker. Of course, we here in the United States can all think of someone who can best be described as “cheap, trivial, or petty,” much to our embarrassment and shame. We also probably know someone in our personal lives, be it a friend or family member, a co-worker, a classmate, maybe even a neighbor, who could best be described as a two-bit _______. They’re usually not very nice people to begin with, and they all seem to have the objective of making everyone else’s lives as difficult and uncomfortable as possible. Now, when I was thinking of a song choice for today, I decided to do something a little different, and use one of the words in the definition as inspiration. So, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Tom Petty. See what I did there? Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is wiseacre which means, “a smart aleck.” I’ve been called this more than a few times growing up by my parents. Unfortunately, well for them anyway, I’m pretty sarcastic, and as such, I could be rather sharp when my parents told me to do something I didn’t want to do. I’m still like that now, but I’m far less acerbic with them than I used to be. I do consider it a point of pride, however, that I can shut down a conversation I don’t want to take part in without using vulgarity or putting my hands on anyone. So, there’s that. I had a hard time thinking of a song to use that related in some way to today’s word. I hate when that happens because I rather enjoy getting it spot on every Friday. Therefore, I decided to go the random route. I recently got turned back on to this song, having loved it when I was younger, when it first came out. I heard it again on the radio a couple of weeks ago and was immediately flooded with memories of trying to tape it off the radio whenever I thought they might be playing it next. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I give you “Should’ve Known Better” by Richard Marx. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is boustrophedon which means, “lines written in alternating directions.” I’m assuming it means something that looks like this:
So, my favorite kind of cake is chocolate.
I particularly love chocolate cake with caramel coconut frosting.
I just made such a cake yesterday afternoon, and let me tell you. DELICIOUS.
I can file this one away in “Words I’ve Never Heard Before or Seen Used In Print” because this is completely and utterly new to me. I had no idea that there was a word for doing what I just did above. I always love learning new things, even silly things like that. It also made me think about how I’d tie it in to what today is on my blog, and the closest I came was this. I hope you approve. For today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Separate Ways” by Journey. Enjoy!