WHIPPLE-SCRUMPTIOUS WORDS

 

I. LOVE. WORDS. MADLY.

 

 

I read books about words, the ordinary and the obscure.

 

 

I can’t resist a Dictionary. Especially this one.

The dictionary goes from aardvark to zozimus. Aardvark makes it in because “every dictionary has to start with aardvark; otherwise it would have to start with aback, which is just too boring.” Zozimus is from The BFG, and is a word for the stuff that dreams are made of.

There’s one-letter words, all-consonant words, all-vowel words. Every book on the list below can give you an edge in Scrabble with your brainy friends. Not to mention a jack-in-the-box moment on every page.

The Wonder of Whiffling
Dutch Dictionary of One-Letter Words
Grandiloquent Dictionary
Aaaugh!: The Foolish Dictionary Online
The Devil’s Food Dictionary
Cavers’ Slang Dictionary
Pseudodictionary
Dictionary of Winds
Double-Tounged Word Wrester
The Alternative Dictionaries
Dictionary of Custom License Plate Terms
Dictionary of Gestures, Signs, and Body Language Cues
The Fictionary of Witty Words
List of Fictional Expletives
Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
WORD SPY: The Word Lover’s Guide to Modern Culture

 

Whether you’re a word wonk or a “n00b”, Word Spy will make your bones boogie.

Take the word mungy, with a soft, j-like G. I learned this word on Paul McFedries’ website.   It means overcast and damp, like it was yesterday. You know, the kind of weather that provokes grey-sky thinking. And its extreme version, black-sky thinking.

But not today.

It’s definitely a blue-sky thinking day.

On the island….

 

…and at the coffee shop.

 

So Readers, this narb‘s for you. Every blog post is a small narrative bit. A narb is anything you post, or is posted about you, on the internet—personal data, status updates, files you upload, blogs, tweets, and party photos ~ all the crumbs and chunks about you that live in cyberspace. All of them add up to your tiny story.

 

So, leave a digital morsel in the comment section. It’s a phizz-whizzing place to share your narb by word-of-mouse. Pretty wondercrump, isn’t it?

TONI 1/25/18

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WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE: SILENCE

I visited the Normandy American Military Cemetery, a memorial park in Colleville-sur-Mer overlooking the Omaha landing beach.

 

The graves of US soldiers who gave their lives to free Europe are marked by a poignant sea of white marble, seemingly going on into infinity. It’s hard to reconcile the silent tranquility of the setting with the smoke and slaughter, the grim toll of that day.

 

This pool is outside a small museum. It’s a quiet place to sit and reflect on the sobering stories of the soldiers and their families.

Stories of uncommon courage. Stories of staggering sacrifice. It’s impossible not to be humbled in the presence of these heroes.

Toni 1/20/18

 

 

 

 

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AULD ACQUAINTANCE MAY BE FORGOT. BUT NEW YEAR’S EVE? IT NEVER GROWS OLD.

 

Here it comes, New Year’s Eve.  Really, is there a more happy-go-larky holiday than that?   (Well, maybe. St Patrick’s Day, amirite?)

My New Year’s resolution?  I will be less laz.  — Jim Gaffigan

Setting New Year’s resolutions is believed to go as far back as Babylonian times. It’s said that Julius Caesar started the tradition of making resolutions on January 1st as a way to honor the Roman mythical god Janus, whose two faces allowed him to look back into the past year and forward to the new one.

Hmm, think back to your resolutions from last January. Did you follow through? Do you even remember what they were?  Right.  Neither do I.

So, why make more resolutions this year?

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The ‘I will be more organized’ resolution. Look familiar?

 

Resolutions, so not for me.

Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.  – Brad Paisley 

 

I’m throwing out the rule book (again) this year. I’m setting a goal to set no goals. I’m going to welcome 2018 with a positive mindset about how great it’s going to be. Zero pressure to do anything other than to be present, open-minded to positive change, kind and compassionate to others.

I see no point in setting the same resolutions I used to in the past. Remember that guy Albert Einstein?

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Why perpetuate feelings of failure and inadequacy, that’s so totally negative.

Instead, if it feeds your soul, do it. If it makes you want to get out of bed in the morning with a smile, carry on.

Look ahead, good things are planned for us.

And, finally, be thankful for the victories.  Celebrate them, great and small.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Toni 12/31/17

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