Yesterday’s Word of the Day was quip which means, “a clever remark or witty saying.” I’d like to think I’m good with a quip when need be, but I’d never claim to be the wittiest person in the world. Far from it, actually. I like wit, and I like witty people, but it’s never been a skill I’ve possessed. Sometimes, I manage to say something that’ll make another person chuckle for a few seconds, but that’s a rare occurrence. I’ve always been jealous of people for whom that kind of stuff comes easy.
Monday’s Word of the Day was intemperate which means, “exhibiting extreme conditions or emotions.” I tend to hear this word used to describe people’s behavior more than the weather, though occasionally you’ll hear a meteorologist pull this word out to describe a wild temperature swing. You know, it goes from 60℉ one day to 32℉ the next. I’d call that “intemperate” weather. In the last episode of The Tudors, Anne Boleyn’s (expertly portrayed by Natalie Dormer) ghost appears to Henry VIII and praises their daughter Elizabeth, in part saying she wasn’t as intemperate as she (Anne) was, and thus was the better part of her. I’d definitely say that’s one of the more poignant uses of that word I’ve ever seen/heard.
Saturday’s Word of the Day was opine which means, “to express an opinion.” I’m guilty of doing this, particularly when maybe I shouldn’t. I’m a fairly opinionated person, and sometimes I can’t help myself from expressing as much, which occasionally leads me into trouble. Sometimes, I don’t mind the trouble because the topic at hand may be something I’m very passionate about and that I feel strongly about, but other times…well. I can be my own worst enemy, but isn’t that true for everyone?
Today’s Word of the Day is derring-do which means, “behavior that requires courage.” I don’t possess much of this, I’m afraid. I’m a giant weenie when it comes to anything even minimally risky. I don’t like rollercoasters, I definitely won’t go bungee jumping or skydiving, and please don’t ask me to streak, sing karaoke, or otherwise do anything that might cause me to crawl into myself because of embarrassment. I leave that kind of excitement to people in possession of more cojones (figuratively speaking) than I have. On that note, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I chose a song that maybe doesn’t entirely speak to today’s WotD, but it definitely makes you feel like throwing caution to wind and just going for it, no matter what happens. Here is “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is non sequitur which means, “a statement that is not connected in a logical or clear way to anything said before it.” In other words, something out of nowhere. You know, you’re talking with your friends about where you might like to go to dinner, and one of the group chimes in to say, “I vote for Mexican food because June is my favorite month.” That is, by the way, something very real that was said to me back before the time of plague when going out to restaurants wasn’t a life or death situation. We all looked at this person like they had two heads. It was the weirdest sentence I think any of us had ever heard, but they meant it sincerely. As I recall, we just nodded our heads and said Mexican was fine with us.
Tuesday’s Word of the Day was winsome which means, “pleasant or cheerful.” I try to keep a winsome expression on my face when I’m out and about, only because I’ve been told I have a bad case of Resting Bitch Face™, and I don’t want to look like I’ve got a bad attitude if I don’t have one. I’ve talked about that here before. I don’t know why I have RBF, but apparently, something about the configuration of my facial features makes it happen. I promise I’m not in a sour mood all the time. LOL. My sister always looks like she’s in a great mood, even when she’s not, and I’ve asked her how she pulls it off. She’s not quite sure. She thinks it’s the Lexapro. Haha.
Today’s Word of the Day is sanguine which means, “confidently optimistic.” Yeah, this isn’t a word that’s ever been used to describe me. LOL. I can be cautiously optimistic, but never confidently so. I’m always afraid, in the back of my head, of whatever it is not working out or of my failing to do what I’m trying to do, so I hedge my bets and say I “hope” things go well. I’m never “confident” of much. It’s something I try to work on, but I can’t say I’m getting any better at it. I still try, though.
Yesterday’s Word of the Day was euphemism which means, “a pleasant word used for an unpleasant one.” Quite humorously, I know more than a few people who have euphemisms for their no-no parts, which I suppose in and of itself is a euphemism as well. Without giving away the name of who said euphemism belongs to, I know a guy who calls his privates his “twig and berries,” which really, makes it sound like he’s insulting them rather than referencing them in a PG-13 manner. George Carlin had a great bit on how sometimes the words or phrases we use to refer to things, change the way we think of that thing. For example, what we call “post-traumatic stress disorder” used to be called “shellshock.” “Shellshock” has a sharp, almost visceral quality to it that evokes the horror of surviving warfare. “Post-traumatic stress disorder” doesn’t quite have the same punch, which can lead people to think PTSD sufferers are faking it, malingering, or not as tough as they should be. Which is wrong. PTSD is very real, and you don’t just need to come back from a warzone to suffer from it.
Today’s Word of the Day is gloss which means, “to explain, define, or interpret.” I know the expression “to gloss over” something, which frankly sounds like the exact opposite of that. If you gloss over something, you either outright ignore it or only explain it vaguely so you can move on to something else. It’s not the first time that the Word of the Day had a different meaning than what I was familiar with, but it’s always good to learn something new. Because I like throwing curveballs every now and again, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday, I thought I’d pick a song that references the winter weather headed my way on Sunday. Naturally, people are overreacting, but I’ve come to expect that. Here is “Winter Wonderland” by Johnny Mathis. Slightly out of season, since this is a Christmas song, but winter isn’t just December, you know. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is tome which means, “a large or scholarly book.” One of the weightiest books I’ve ever read is Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, a book that took me an embarrassingly long time to finish. Not because I have a hard time reading, but because the book jumps around so much between different characters and narratives, it’s difficult to keep track of everything. I’ve read longer books, but even Leo goddamn Tolstoy was easier to get through than this. Pynchon was an amazing writer, and I take nothing away from his abilities, but I wouldn’t recommend the book unless you’re a proficient reader and love a challenge. Otherwise, you’ll toss the book out the window within a few days.