Today’s Word of the Day is, well, there isn’t one because Merriam-Webster hasn’t tweeted it yet. Since I have things to do today that don’t allow me to sit breathlessly at my computer waiting for it to pop up, I thought we’d do our usual Musical Interlude Friday a little differently today. As there’s no word to connect the song to, we’re going to wing it. I’m going to turn on the radio and pick a station at random, then post the first full song I hear play. Might be Christmas music, might not be. Here goes.
Alright, my dial landed on 99.1 FM, and since that’s one of two stations in my area playing 24 hours of Christmas music, you get to listen to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey, a song I’ve loved for 25 years now. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is coup de grâce which means, “a decisive finishing blow, act, or event.” If you’ve ever seen the Zapruder film, which I don’t recommend you do unless you have a strong stomach, then you know what a coup de grâce is. The first time I watched it I was in 8th grade, and we were watching a documentary about John F. Kennedy. Invariably, it came up. Suffice to say, I’ve gone out of my way to avoid watching it ever since, and that was almost 25 years ago. People who can watch it without blinking frighten me a little. That’s a man’s last mortal breath. There has to be something wrong with a person who feels nothing, not even a twinge if they even see a still frame from it, much less the whole piece.
Today’s Word of the Day is mutt which means, “a stupid person or a mongrel dog.” I know the word to mean a dog with a lot of different breeds all mixed into it, and I’ve heard people sarcastically refer to themselves that way if there are a lot of ethnicities in their family tree, but I’ve never once seen or heard it used to describe a stupid person before. So, that’s a new one on me. I tried looking up some examples of it being used that way but couldn’t find any. Maybe that was the original definition, and it evolved to mean “mongrel dog” at a later date. Either way, this definitely qualifies as a “you learn something new every day” kind of moment, which is always a good thing. I thought for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I’d go with a song that sings the praises of the singer’s dog Strider. It’s infectious as hell, and if you’re not stomping and clapping along within 30 seconds, I’d have someone check you for a pulse. Here is “Bron-y-Aur Stomp” by Led Zeppelin. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is comestible which means, “edible.” I can smell our family’s turkey cooking away in the oven right now, and in about an hour and a half, I’ll be heading downstairs to start cooking everything else that couldn’t be done ahead of time. My mom’s in charge of the turkey and the gravy, but I get everything else, including the veggies, the potatoes, and the biscuits. I certainly hope if you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today, you have a wonderful and merry day with your friends and family. Eat lots of delicious food, enjoy plenty of good conversation, and make many warm memories. Personally, I plan to eat a lot of delicious home cooking, then take a lovely nap afterward. Ahh, the carb and tryptophan coma (even though you’d need to eat several tons of turkey for the tryptophan to really knock you out). It’s a holiday tradition.
Today’s Word of the Day is fawn which means, “to seek favor by groveling.” I don’t have many truly intense pet peeves, but obsequious fawning is near the top of that list. I loathe people who do this. Insincerity is such a turn-off for me, whether we’re talking about a romantic relationship or a purely platonic one. If I can’t be sure every time you open your mouth that you mean whatever it is you’re about to say, then I can’t be around you. I hate the idea of having to question everyone’s motives, to doubt everyone’s opinion. Trying to get on my good side by complimenting me on everything, all the time, is a sure-fire way to make sure you NEVER get off my shit list. The fact there are people in Washington D.C. right now who make a career out of sticking their tongues up the poopers of anyone and everyone they can just to advance a little further or get a little something out of it makes me sick. There’s nothing wrong with reality. Try living in it some time.
Today’s Word of the Day is sempiternal which means, “of never-ending duration.” I was first introduced to a variant of this word in Sarah Brightman’s song “In Paradisum” from her album Eden. One of the verses includes the line, “Dona eis requiem sempiternam.” It’s one of those fancy-schmancy Latin words that you can pull out from time to time when simply saying “eternal/eternity” just won’t cut it. I’m not sure when that time is, exactly, since most people consider it rude to whip out words other people may not readily know the meaning of, but I suppose if you’re speaking at a seminary, it’ll work. Or just be Sarah Brightman singing “In Paradisum.” I think it’s a beautiful word myself, and it has a lovely meaning, but if I want to say something has a “never-ending duration,” I’ll just say “eternal” or “forever” or “infinite”…something like that. As a bonus, I’ll post the song below so you can listen to it and hopefully, love it as much as I do.
Today’s Word of the Day is heterodox which means, “not agreeing with established beliefs.” I had a difficult time with this one, people. Every now and again, Merriam-Webster pulls out a word I’ve heard of and certainly know well enough, but couldn’t possibly think of 100 words (at least) to say about it. I’m up to 57 right now. I hate it when that happens. I suppose I could randomly type sentences that have nothing to do with the subject at hand, which would in a way, be sort of heterodox since that’s not how my blog posts go, and will you look at that, I finally got over 100 words. Let’s go straight to today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, eh? I thought I’d pick a song that very much went against the grain musically when it first came out, for any number of reasons. So, you’ll have to hop in your way back machine and go back, back, back to the beginning of the 20th Century for this one. Here is “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” by Irving Berlin. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is recondite which means, “concealed or difficult to follow.” I consider myself a fairly intelligent woman, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of things that go way over my head. For example, after every Green Bay Packers game, I watch Aaron Rodgers’ post-game comments. Partly because he’s gorgeous as sin, and I like looking at him, and partly because I love football (Green Bay Packers football, duh) and want to learn more about it than I already do. However, I have a hard time understanding a lot of the terms and whatnot that he uses to describe plays the offense ran or even things the defense did, and I sometimes find myself having to pause the video and go Google something. One day, I hope to be a bit more linguistically proficient in the game so I won’t need to do that anymore. I hope.
Today’s Word (well, Phrase) of the Day is white elephant which means “something of little or no value.” I’m not sure the history of this particular phrase or how it came to mean what it did, but one of the few times I’ve heard it used within my earshot was a classmate referring to our high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet as such because the props/settings were a little chintzy. They weren’t referring to the acting, I don’t believe. Otherwise, this is something I know exists and know has been used, I just haven’t been exposed to it much. Now, I can think of a great many things in this world that have little to no value, one of whom is about the size of an elephant, though I’d say he’s more orange than white. I had a hard time coming up with a song for Musical Interlude Friday that really speaks to something having little or no value, so as is the custom when the Word of the Day makes it difficult to come up with an appropriate song, I chose something at random I’ve been listening to a lot. I hope you enjoy it. Here is Paul Simon singing “The Sound of Silence” from his 1974 album “Alive Rhymin'” Enjoy!
I know I haven’t updated this blog since last Friday, and there’s a reason for that, simple as it is. I just haven’t been inspired to write anything. The Words of the Day have been interesting, but they haven’t tempted me to pontificate on them. I try not to post just for posting’s sake, so I don’t have anything to say, I say nothing. I suppose this is sort of posting for posting’s sake, but I didn’t want any of you, faithful readers, to think I’d forgotten about it or decided to move on. I’ve been posting here regularly now for five years (I can scarcely believe it), and see no point in stopping now.
I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.