Today’s Word of the Day is thwart which means, “to oppose successfully.” The Packers thwarted the Pittsburgh Steelers last night, which was great to see…even though it’s the preseason and no one really pays much attention to the preseason. Still. Aaron Rodgers played a professional football game at Lambeau Field again for the first time since last September, and I’m happy, damn it. Now, today’s Word of the Day has absolutely nothing to do with the song I’ve chosen for my Musical Interlude Friday selection because Aretha Franklin died yesterday, and the Queen of Soul deserves some attention from this blog today. There are so many songs of hers that I love, that I know the lyrics to backwards and forwards, so picking my absolute, A #1 favorite is impossible…but I’ll go with the song I’ve been listening to the most recently. Sing along if you know the words. “Chain-chain-chain, chain of fools…”
Today’s Word of the Day is volatile which means, “subject to rapid or unexpected change.” People whose personalities shift drastically from one extreme to the other all the time scare the shit out of me. You never know what you’re going to get from them any given day. Hell, you can’t predict what you’ll get from them any given hour of any given day. You know the kind of people I’m talking about — the ones with the hair trigger, short fuse, and big temper. The kind who are happy and laughing with you one minute, then scowling and biting your head off the next. I don’t like diagnosing people without a psychiatric degree or license, but sometimes I worry that a lot of these people are bipolar and don’t know it. I know bipolar disorder (or as it used to be caused, manic depression) is a serious illness, and it’s not something to be thrown around lightly, but I’m not sure what else would explain how a person can be really happy and fun and excited one minute, then yelling, screaming, and throwing things the next. I know everyone is entitled to mood swings, and those mood swings don’t have to be indicative of a mental illness, but I’m not talking about the normal, general shifts in mood people have every day. Do you know anyone like this? How do you deal with their unpredictability?
Today’s Word of the Day is nonchalant which means, “having an air of easy unconcern.” I can’t say I’m nonchalant about much, as I tend to want to be confident that whatever it is I’m doing or talking about is something I’m proficient at, or at least not unsure of. I envy people who can just be blasé and very devil-may-care, but that’s not me. I don’t know that it’ll ever be me. I think in the long run I might be happier if I wasn’t always so worried and obsessive about things outside my control, but it’s something that’s such an indelible part of my character now, I think I’m pretty well stuck with it.
Is there anything you’re always unconcerned about? Does it sometimes worry the people around you or do they trust your judgement?
Today’s Word of the Day is orgulous which means, “proud.” You can file this word away as yet another one I’d never heard before or seen used until just now. There are a lot of ways to describe a person who is proud — we can say they’re “pleased as punch” or “strutting like a peacock.” Maybe they’re “full of themselves” or “getting too big for their britches.” Of course, those are just the less spiky ways to say it. There’s nothing wrong with having pride in yourself or your work, but remember to moderate it so that it doesn’t move into “egotistical” or “boastful.” No one like a braggart. Especially an orange braggart. Especially an orange, narcissistic braggart.
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Today’s Word of the Day is rash which means, “marked by undue haste or lack of caution.” I think we’ve all done a rash thing or two in our lives, little moments where we acted on pure emotion rather than because we’d sat down and thought about it first. I don’t know how many of you have even heard of Tom Jones, but while this isn’t my favorite song of his (It’s Not Unusual takes the #1 spot, followed by She’s a Lady), it absolutely fits in well with the Word of the Day — acting without thinking can have serious consequences. For your Musical Interlude Friday selection I give you “Delilah” by the aforementioned Tom Jones. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is debunk which means, “to expose the sham or falseness of.” Conspiracy theories are a pet hate of mine. I don’t say “peeve” because they’re not merely annoying, they actually make me mad. Some of them are more ridiculous than others, like jet airliners spraying mind control chemicals in the air through their contrails, but many others, like the Sandy Hook shooting never happening or the Holocaust never happening or there being a brazillion shooters in Dealey Plaza…those piss me off. They piss me off because it’s so patently stupid, I wonder how anyone can believe it. Alex Jones, he of InfoWars fame, recently got kicked off YouTube, Spotify, Apple, and a couple of other platforms, and he’s the worst example of what I just mentioned. There is no conspiracy theory too batshit for him to believe. He actually thinks the shooting in Newtown, CT that killed 26 people, nearly all of them 1st or 2nd graders, didn’t happen. He thinks the parents of all those dead children are “crisis actors,” and they’re hiding their children in a warehouse somewhere.
I don’t know if he’s a true believer or bilking gullible morons for every dollar and brain cell they have, but either way, he is literal trash, and people who believe the shit he believes are trash too.
Today’s Word of the Day is mufti which means, “civilian clothes.” The John Daly I referred to in the title is not the golfer, but rather the late newsman and host of What’s My Line, John Charles Daly (Bennett Cerf always introduced him with his middle name…well, one of them). One of the contestants the panel had to try to ascertain their occupation from was Gen. Mark Clark. One of the panelists, Arlene Francis, had just seen him the previous night at a West Point gala, but he’d been in uniform then, and afterwards John remarked that she didn’t recognize him on the show because he was in mufti, or regular clothes. That was the first time I’d ever heard that word or term used, and I honestly haven’t heard it used very often, even now. Maybe it was more common back in the late 1950s, early 1960s or maybe it was something common for former military men to use (Daly had been in the Naval Reserves). Now you know it too!
As a special bonus, I mentioned above that John Daly was a well-known newsman; it was his voice that not only broke the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, but he was the one who announced on the radio that President Roosevelt had died.
Today’s Word of the Day is bereft which means, “deprived of or lacking something.” I talked about this in Friday’s blog post, but my part of North Carolina has been bereft of decent weather for the past week, though the last two days have been nice. I’m finally going to be able to mow the front yard now that we’ve had a couple days without rain, but wouldn’t you know…it’s going to rain again most of next week. I feel like affixing a sail to the top of the house because with all the water we’ve been getting, we might as well be a boat. Hopefully, the weather where you are right now has been decent. Want to trade?
Today’s Word of the Day is pacify which means, “to soothe, appease, or subdue.” The weather in my neck of the woods has been absolute shite all week, and I’m in desperate need of some soothing and appeasement. I think everyone could use a little relaxation today, don’t you think? Even if the weather has been great where you live, and your week has been amazing, still. It’s Friday. You want to start the weekend off on a good note. With that in mind, for today’s Musical Interlude Friday selection, I give you Moments In Love by The Art of Noise. It’s over 10 minutes long, so plenty of time to zone out and chill. Enjoy!
Today’s Word of the Day is risorgimento which means, “a time of renewal or renaissance.” I can’t say I’ve heard this word before, though I can guess by its spelling/pronunciation that it’s Italian. I like the idea of it, though. It almost sounds like it’s describing the season of spring, when things are new and fresh, like flowers coming from the ground and leaves sprouting on trees. We’re in the middle of the dog days of summer right now, so spring seems a long way away, but it’s a lovely thought, no? I’m looking forward to autumn more than spring, if I’m honest, as I love autumn most out of all seasons, but spring means it’s almost summer, which means it’s almost my birthday. So, there’s that.