I forgot what “day” I was on. Initially, I was annoyed with Myself. Then Myself reminded I that I much prefer words to numbers. With that recollection, I decided to begin categorizing these posts appropriately. With this in mind, please enjoy the -opia edition of today’s words! ~JR
Archive for words
This strange pocket of time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is upon us. It also makes timely updating of Word of the Day posts a bit difficult, due to time-space thingamajiggyness.
Anyway, so I’m taking this time to give you, not two, but FOUR words/phrases, all holiday-related, in this one MEGAPOST, as my Holiday gift to you.
- a main branch of a tree.
“apple boughs laden with blossom”
synonyms: branch, limb, arm, offshoot
“snow-laden pine boughs”
Pictured: a BOUGH of holly with which to deck your halls.
Auld Lang Syne
ôld laNG ˈzīn,ˈsīn/
- times long past. (Scottish in origin — Gaelic)
Pictured: the literal definition of that weird part of the New Years Song nobody can sing correctly.
- spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve.
- drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.
- go from house to house at Christmas singing carols.
“here we go a-wassailing”
Pictured: Something yummeh that you probably haven’t tried yet. WHY HAVEN’T YOU TRIED WASSAIL YET?
I think I’ll just do two every other day. This is working out better, and I think it’s more interesting too. 🙂 -JR
showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish.
“it was an entirely altruistic act”
synonyms: unselfish, selfless, compassionate, kind, public-spirited; charitable, benevolent, beneficent, philanthropic, humanitarian; literary bounteous
made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.
“two men were remanded on bail on a charge of passing counterfeit $10 bills”
synonyms: fake, faked, bogus, forged, imitation, spurious, substitute, ersatz, phony
“counterfeit $100 bills”
“a counterfeit image of reality”
noun: counterfeit; plural noun: counterfeits
a fraudulent imitation of something else; a forgery.
“he knew the tapes to be counterfeits”
synonyms: fake, forgery, copy, reproduction, imitation; More
verb: counterfeit; 3rd person present: counterfeits; past tense: counterfeited; past participle: counterfeited; gerund or present participle: counterfeiting
“my signature is extremely hard to counterfeit”
synonyms: fake, forge, copy, reproduce, imitate
“his signature was hard to counterfeit”
Pictured: A Counterfeit Altruistic Army
Hi! Sorry I didn’t do this yesterday. It was… a hard day. Anyway, so to catch up here are TWO words for your dialectical pallet!
a small group of trees.
Pictured: A corpse covered copse
conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.
synonyms: rabble-rousing, incitement to rebel, subversion, troublemaking, provocation; rebellion, insurrection, mutiny, insurgence, civil disorder.
Pictured: Sedition in a corpse covered copse
In case you haven’t noticed, each title of the “Guts and Glory” books includes one “big” word:
- Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine
- The Counterfeit Zombies of Noc
- Rise of the Nefarious Numbots
It’s probably pretty obvious that I did that on purpose, but just in case it isn’t… I did that on purpose.
I’ve had a fascination with words since I was very young; they are quite literally magical to me. I suppose this interest comes with the territory as a writer, though I learned a large part of my vocabulary not from writing, but from reading. I have always felt the responsibility to pay that particular blessing forward to my own young readers, so while I edit my books a bit, I don’t usually take out the “bigger” words.
Well, I’ve decided to take that one step further and introduce a “word of the day” entry on my blog. Don’t worry, most entries won’t have this long intro. I just like writing long things. (I am — you know — a novelist and all.)
Anyway, so without further adieu I give you word #1, which also happens to be my (current) very favorite word of all time:
Abysmal: extremely bad; appalling.
extremely bad; appalling.
Pictured: An abysmal abyss of adobe
Source: Google Definitions