We’re changing things up.

Today’s Word of the Day is gnomic which means, “characterized by aphorism.” Hmm. I think this is the first time in Word of the Day history where I’ve had to look up what a word means in the definition of another word. So, aphorism means “a pithy observation that contains a general truth.” The example given was, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Certainly pithy. Definitely true. I’m still not exactly sure how best to use “gnomic” in a sentence, so I’m completely changing tack and dedicating today’s Musical Interlude Friday to three very special and important people. Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (I’ll be doing a special about it in the morning), so I thought, in honor of that, I’d play for you my all-time favorite song that has “moon” in the title. Now, you can argue who did it better amongst yourselves, but for me, the answer is clear. Here is “Fly Me to the Moon” by Tony Bennett. Enjoy!

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We’re running out.

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!

A new one on me.

Today’s Word of the Day is inkhorn which means, “ostentatiously learned.” This is another word to add to the “I’ve Never Heard of This Before” file. I actually had to look it up a second time just to see some examples of its usage so I had a better idea of what it meant. From what I’ve been able to learn, inkhorn words are words of a foreign borrowing used by English speakers that come across as pretentious or overly obnoxious. So, using the word “contrafibularities” when a more sarcastic sounding “congratulations” would do. I thought about what I could choose for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, and it dawned on me just as I was turning on the radio. Here is “Words” by The Monkees. Enjoy!

On automatic.

Today’s Word of the Day is volition which means, “the power of choosing or determining.” You normally see this word used in the expression “of its own volition”, which describes something happening without any kind of influence or third-party interference. For example, one might say that our eyes open of their own volition in the mornings or that our heart beats rapidly of its own volition when we’re scared. We’re not telling our eyes to open or our heart to beat fast, it happens automatically. It’s one of those fancy words that aren’t really fancy but it makes you sound smart when you use it. I tried to think of a song that would work really well with this for Musical Interlude Friday, and I have to admit — it was hard. This isn’t a word or even concept that lends itself to lyrical genius, at least not that I’ve found. So, I opted for the tried and true method of picking a song randomly. I’m going to turn on my radio to our local Oldies station (WTOB 980) and post the first full song I hear. This should be fun.

Ah! Here is “Black is Black” by Los Bravos. Enjoy!

It’s like sartorial, but not for clothes.

Today’s Word of the Day is tonsorial which means, “of or relating to a barber or his work.” Without looking it up to be sure, I have to believe we get tonsorial from “tonsure”, which is the style of haircut monks used to have. Or maybe they still wear it, I’m not certain. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a monk in the wild, so I don’t know if they still wear brown robes and shave all the hair off the top of their head or not. Perhaps that’s gone the way of nuns wearing a full habit. I went to Catholic school, and none of the nuns we had as teachers wore a habit; they wore lay clothes. Speaking of hair, I thought for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection I’d go with a fairly obvious selection. Well, it may not be obvious to you, but it was the first one that popped to mind for me. Here is “Sister Golden Hair” by America. Enjoy!

Rock-a-bye and good night…

Today’s Word of the Day is oneiric which means, “of or relating to dreams.” This is a new word for me. I enjoy when that happens because I don’t think anyone is too old to learn something they didn’t know before. I don’t know how much use I’ll get out of it in everyday conversation, but at least I know it and know how to use it. Do you remember your dreams? I can remember bits and pieces of dreams I had years ago, not specifically when I had them, but little chunks here and there. I don’t remember what I dreamed last night, but I do know that at some point, I dreamt I was married to Aaron Rodgers, and we had four kids. I didn’t want to wake up from that one. I’ve actually been quite spoiled when it comes to my choices for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection. A lot of songs either have “Dream” in the title or they’re about dreams or dreaming. It was actually kind of hard whittling it down to just one, but I think I picked a good’un. Here is “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. Enjoy!

37 years ago today…

Today’s Word of the Day is bombast which means, “pretentious inflated speech or writing.” I don’t think it’s bombastic at all to say that as today is my birthday, it’s the best day of the month, if not the whole year. Okay, maybe that’s a little bombastic. It’s second only to Christmas. Better? To be honest, I don’t really see my birthday as a big deal anymore, not when you’re knocking on 40’s door. I get a free drink at Starbucks later, and my dad is treating me to lunch, but really, aside from that I don’t need much else. I certainly hope that your June 7 is treating you as well as it’s treating me. Now, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I decided that since it’s mah birfday, I’d break the rules and pick one of my favorite songs instead of a song that matches up with the Word of the Day. Birthday girls get to be contrary like that. Here is “It’s a Shame” by The Spinners. Enjoy!

A new one on me.

Today’s Word of the Day is shot-clog which means, “one tolerated because he or she pays the bill.” I have never seen or heard this word before right this moment. It’s an interesting concept, one I’m sure people have spoken about in the abstract or using some other terminology. I don’t personally have anyone in my inner circle that I keep around just because they’re fine with paying for things for the rest of us, and I wouldn’t want someone like that around me either. I think the word says more about everyone else than that person in particular. I mean, what kind of friend can you rightly claim to be if the only reason you include someone in your goings-on is that they pay for stuff? Makes you a pretty shitty person, honestly. I had an interesting time trying to find a song to connect to this for Musical Interlude Friday, but I think I got close. The singer of this song is lamenting the fact that his girlfriend only seems to need him or want him around when she needs a ride somewhere. That would, in a roundabout way, make him the “shot-clog” of that relationship. Here is “Vehicle” by The Ides of March. Enjoy!

The right stuff.

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!

Just go with it.

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!