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A Word on Wednesday: Patient

A Patient Vulnerable. Bounced by forces not within; Left bobbing atop the surface, Or, dragged mercilessly, gurgling for air. Patient’s first synonym is INVALID.  This can be interpreted to mean not valid or a person who is not capable.  Patient’s primary synonym is derived from… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Patient”

A Word on Wednesday: Jettison

Jettison can be used as a noun or a verb.The action jettison is to cast items overboard to improve stability. A crew jettisons luggage after an emergency is declared as a life-saving measure. In America, this word’s primary definition refers to ridding cargo and… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Jettison”

A Word on Wednesday: Heliotropic

Heliotropic: Turning or growing toward the light. Heliotropism can be easily seen in sunflowers, which slowly turn their large flowers so that they continually face the sun. However, the adjective heliotropic can describe any noun and any light source. A heliotropic student turns toward  the light of… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Heliotropic”

The 2017 Word: Crescendo

It is time for a crescendo! So … This is the year, I get loud.   In music, a crescendo is a gradual steady increase in loudness or force. This is a controlled set of bars, increasing the volume of an arrangement. A crescendo can wake both an artist and… Continue Reading “The 2017 Word: Crescendo”

A Word on Wednesday: Vacancy

Generally, the modern use of the noun vacancy is only considered in context of its opposite: “No Vacancy.” And, No Vacancy seems preferred. Vacancy means there a room at the lodge, an empty office for rent, an unassigned seat on the bus (or the supreme court),… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Vacancy”

A Word on Wednesday: Chapbook

A few chapbooks in my collection by Wisconsin poets: Jean Biegun, LaMoine MacLaughlin, and Stephen P. Mickey. The noun chapbook was coined in the early Nineteenth Century by combining the words chapman and book. This small paperback book, oftentimes just a mere pamphlet, is… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Chapbook”

A Word on Wednesday: Writer’s Block

  This noun with one, and only one, definition is a legitimate dictionary entry; its origin traceable to 1945. “A usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to precede with the writing of a novel, play or other work.”  Take comfort; it is… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday: Writer’s Block”

A Word on Wednesday: Bombastic

Bombastic: Adjective. Used to describe this fright: Photo Credit: CNBC  

A Word on Wednesday

Here are two related facts: (1) my eighth grade teacher gave out copying dictionary pages as a punishment.  And (2) in eighth grade, I broke classroom rules during social studies. Therefore, I copied plenty of dictionary pages. Was that what made me want to… Continue Reading “A Word on Wednesday”