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 peer-to-peer which means, “using a distributed computer network.” Of course, when one thinks of peer-to-peer networks, they think of file sharing programs like Napster or LimeWire. I freely admit to partaking in some clandestine music acquisition back in the early aughts, and the list of programs I had on my computer in order to acquire said tunes was pretty extensive. WinMX, BearShare, Kazaa, LimeWire, and Gnutella all spent time on my hard drive at one point. I buy stuff on iTunes now, and even if I wanted to illegally download something, I don’t want to risk compromising my computer by downloading a program that might very well be loaded with malware. I was rather shocked to find that WinMX is still around. I use a Mac, so I couldn’t put it on my computer, even if I wanted to, but I can remember spending HOURS looking for stuff on it, and we had dial-up Internet back then, so it took forever to finish just one song, much less a whole album.
Damn, I miss my 20s.
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 footle which means, “to talk or act foolishly or to waste time.” One could say spending time on Twitter (or Facebook/Instagram/Snapchat/TikTok/whatever else the kids are into nowadays) would be a great example of footling since one does a lot of talking, a lot of acting foolishly, and a lot of wasting time whilst on social media. I’m guilty of this myself. I don’t spend as much time on Twitter as other people do, I think I’m maybe on a grand total of 1-2 hours per day, but the time I spend there is spent there precisely because I want to waste time. I have plenty of chores to do during the day to keep me busy, so whatever time I have open to doing other things, I take advantage of. Today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection is a great example, I think, of a song that is fun to listen to when you just want to lay around and do nothing for a while. Or maybe you want to do something, but it’s not very productive. Here is “Cruisin'” by Smokey Robinson. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is asperity which means, “roughness of manner or of temper.” I’m lucky in that I don’t have a hair-trigger temper. It takes a lot to make me angry. That said, when I’m angry, I’m angry. There’s no doubting how I feel. I’m never violently angry, I just make sure you know, in the strongest language possible, just how disappointed in you I am. People who are quick to anger or who get physically violent when they’re angry scare the shit out of me. You never know what it’ll take to set them off, and you’re forever walking around on eggshells to avoid a confrontation. I feel like in the last three years, the country has collectively been like that, and I’m more than ready for it to end. I think today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection should be something calm, something soothing, something you can kick back and relax to. Something to bring down anyone’s tempers that might be ready to flare. So, with that in mind, I give you “Mediterranean C” by Richard Wright, the late keyboardist/pianist from Pink Floyd. 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 thole which means, “to endure.” I’m telling you, that file folder full of Words I’ve Never Heard of Before keeps getting bigger and bigger. This is another new one for me, and it definitely describes what we’ve all been doing, at least, some of us anyway. I’m guessing on its usage in a sentence, but I’ll ask you — what have you tholed recently? Something going on at home, at work? Maybe you’re in school and struggling with a subject or two? For all of you out there tholing right now, today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection will hopefully, give you the strength to keep going. Here is “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor. 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!