A Words Post Because I Haven’t Written My Resolutions Yet

I was too busy shopping. Whoops.

But the good news is that I now have a pair of winter gloves (that lack was getting a bit problematic in this negative Fahrenheit New England paradise. Even in France I had some trouble with my keys and doors).
And also a pair of fishnet socks, because not everything can be practical.

  • condiment: a spice, sauce, or preparation added to food to give flavor
  • sediment
  • calcify: to get all calcium-y
  • cajole: this is a word with so much imagery behind it, for me. Kind of like guffaw.
  • nematode: ‘Sa worm
  • toff: pejorative British slang for the overly aristocratic/pretentious/landed gentry. A very Britishly British insult. In the US we don’t even have landed gentry.
  • peccadillo: a small and trivial offense, not to be confused with the very inoffensive armadillo
  • glaucous: dull grayish green or blue color. Also the powdery bloom on grapes. I like the connection.
  • pernicious: credit to Roald Dahl.
  • cusp: like Leo on the cusp of Cancer.
  • irascible
  • muse
  • festoon: a chain or garland, more commonly what you do with it.

 

  • bruyère: heather

  • égérie: muse
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Words, Not Links

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I have fairly few links to share so the regular (really not fair of me to call it regular anymore) will be postponed for a few days.

In the meantime, words!

  • scrimmage
  • scoundrel- preferably of the dirty and rotten variety
  • incendiary
  • botulism
  • umbel- just roll it around in your mouth a bit. Umbel.
  • newel- meet my twins, Umbel and Newel.
  • fructify
  • unguent
  • ungulate
  • sibilant
  • callow
  • faff

 

  • insoumis- unruly, rebellious
  • imprévisible- unpredictable, capricious

Clearly my French personality is having some feelings at the moment.

Words in French and English

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It’s time for a words post with an added dimension of fun- I’m also going to include words that I’m learning here in France. I hope to get around to an update post soon, with a general list of experiences and fun things and weird experiences like the fact that I locked myself out of my house today (whoops).

Anyway, words.

The annoying thing is I thought of one going to sleep last night and din’t write it down because I was too tired to get up, figuring I would remember it- and of course I forgot it. Continue reading “Words in French and English”

I Haven’t Done a Words Post in So Long

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Time to correct:

  • coterie
  • verdigris- see also: patina
  • foment
  • cruller- I’m sorry, but this sounds more like a weird animal than a pastry cake.
  • ruse- I pronounce the ‘s’ with a ‘z’ sound, rathe than like the French ‘ruse’. hbu?
  • morsel
  • katydid
  • vertiginous
  • carapace
  • oast
  • kiln- All the ovens!
  • terrapin- “Look at that terrapin in its carapace.”

If anyone wants to get me a Faune Lettree scarf from Hermes, I would be fine with that.

May I Have a Word?

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More words… in part because it’s a heat wave and I’m languishing, and in another part because I’ve got a list that’s hitting a nice ripe length.

  • spruce- Both a noun (the evergreen tree) and a verb (to spruce up)
  • philtrum- I used to confuse philtrum and clavicle, when I was young and foolish
  • strum- guitar onomatopoeia
  • sphagnum
  • sorghum
  • obsolescence
  • belonging- You can have a sense of belonging and you can also have belongings. Belong-ing.
  • badinage- Nothing to do with badgers.
  • doughty- Nothing to do with dough.
  • spume

Words and Weariness

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I’m low on sleep.  Blame it on ballroom team elections and deliberations last night, which went from 8 pm until 2 am.  I know I have the bad habit of comparing everything to the Bataan Death March…

I don’t have a young person’s sleep schedule.  I like going to bed and waking up on different days.  All I wanted to do today was lie in bed and eat pancakes. (I typed ‘eat panics’ first and now I’m worried about the state of my subconscious).

It’s days like this that I turn to the vicissitudes of the English language, foggily inscrutable even when one has had the most restful of sleeps. Continue reading “Words and Weariness”

Words Once More

It’s always interesting to me to take a look at when I’ve opted to take break from posting. During vacations I spend traveling, obviously. And following the election last year.
And then this past week, which ld up to my Dad’s leg amputation surgery yesterday (*Gasp*, I know, but it was planned out, a rational choice, and a long time coming. But that doesn’t make it any less of a big deal, you know what I mean?)

So I’ve been thinking about the best way to ease myself back into posting. Because I miss it an because I have things I want to talk about, but at the same time I’m feeling so completely emotionally blunted and exhausted that I can’t imagine I’d be much fun.

But I realized it’s been a while since I’ve done a words post, and I did have a list accumulating, just in case of the proverbial rainy day like today. Continue reading “Words Once More”