Word of the Day

enlightenment

en·light·en·ment

[en-lahyt-n-muhnt]

noun

1. the act of enlightening.
2. the state of being enlightened:   to live in spiritual enlightenment.
3. ( usually initial capital letter ) Buddhism, Hinduism . Prajna.
4. the Enlightenment, a philosophical movement  of the 18th century, characterized by belief in the power of human reason and by innovations in political, religious, and educational doctrine.
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criticism

Criticism was always the shortest kid in the class. He learned early to use words to defend himself. As a teenager, Criticism loved to take things apart. At that time he didn’t care if they ever got put back together. He retains a strong curiosity about how things work and a deep respect for tools. Criticism is a strict father. He adores his children, but he fears their spontaneity.

Sometimes I want to write Criticism a letter and tell him to leave me alone. The problem is that when I don’t see him for a while, I start to miss him. Still, my conversations with him often make me nervous. I usually believe the bad things he says and forget about the good stuff. When we really disagree, I am upset for days and run around asking everyone I meet to reassure me. If I could trust him more, it would be different, but he changes his mind as much as I do. For all his sensitivity, it was years before he realized that other people also have feelings.

– J. Ruth Gendler, The Book of Qualities

Word of the Day

mention [ˈmɛnʃən]

vb (tr)

1. to refer to or speak about briefly or incidentally
2. to acknowledge or honour
not to mention (something) to say nothing of (something too obvious to mention)
n

1. a recognition or acknowledgment
2. a slight reference or allusion he only got a mention in the article the author makes no mention of that
3. the act of mentioning
 
I do love to cross-stitch.  Can’t recall who I gave the “Fried Green Tomatoes served at the Whistle Stop Cafe” to, but I believe that I gave the woman hanging clothes to Hubby’s secretary.
Photo memories.  Stitching memories.
Just mentioning . . .

word of the day

bedizened

Pronunciation:/biˈdīzənd/

Definition: dressed up or decorated gaudily

triskaidekaphobia?

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of 13,  a number commonly associated with bad luck in Western culture. While fear of the number 13 can be traced back to medieval times, the word triskaidekaphobia itself is of recent vintage, having been first coined by Coriat (1911; Simpson and Weiner 1992). It seems to have first appeared in the general media in a Nov. 8, 1953 New York Times article covering discussions of a United Nations committee.

Triskaidekaphobia also may be related to Norse mythology, which tells how the god Odin invited eleven of his closest friends to a dinner party at his home in Valhalla, only to have his party crashed by Loki, the god of evil and turmoil, thus giving a total of 13 people. The legend further relates how Balder, one of the most beloved gods, tried to throw Loki out of the party, resulting in a scuffle and ultimately Balder’s death with a mistletoe-tipped arrow.

Fear of the number 13 also leads to fear of Friday the thirteenth (a fear recently dubbed paraskevidekatriaphobia), despite the fact that Friday turns out to be the most common weekday on which the 13th of a month can occur in the Gregorian calendar. The association of bad luck with Friday appeared in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the late 14th century (“and on a Friday fell all this misfortune”), but references to Friday as a day associated with ill luck in general first appear around the middle of the 17th century (Mikkelson and Mikkelson). In particular, it appeared in numerous publications as a particularly unlucky day to start a new venture (beginning a journey, giving birth, getting married, moving, starting a new job, etc.) beginning around 1800 (Mikkelson and Mikkelson).

source: MathWorld

Norse god Odin – the father of all Norse gods

bad news and good news

factious

The bad news about today’s word is that you will get nowhere by associating it with fact. The good news is that, though unrelated, its meaning is quite similar to fractious, another adjective that differs by a single letter. Factious means “tending to dissent.” If enough folks do this, you end up with factions, which is the closest kin of factious.

Word of the Day

mumpsimus \MUHMP-suh-muhs\, noun:

1. Adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy.
2. A person who persists in a mistaken expression or practice.

space (personal)

proxemics

Pronunciation:/präkˈsēmiks/

Definition: the branch of knowledge that deals with the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others

boundaries

Communications scholars began studying personal space and people’s perception of it decades ago, in a field known as proxemics. But with the population in the United States climbing above 300 million, urban corridors becoming denser and people with wealth searching for new ways to separate themselves from the masses, interest in the issue of personal space — that invisible force field around your body — is intensifying.

. . . According to scientists, personal space involves not only the invisible bubble around the body, but all the senses. People may feel their space is being violated when they experience an unwelcome sound, scent or stare: the woman on the bus squawking into her cellphone, the co-worker in the adjacent cubicle dabbing on cologne, or the man in the sandwich shop leering at you over his panini.

. . . Edward T. Hall, an anthropologist and the father of proxemics, even put numbers to the unspoken rules. He defined the invisible zones around us and attributed a range of distance to each one: intimate distance (6 to 18 inches); personal distance (18 inches to 4 feet); social distance (4 to 12 feet); and public distance (about 12 feet or more).

. . . In general most people understand the rules of personal space and heed the cues. Then again, the world is littered with clods. As Dr. Archer put it, people generally view personal-space rules in one of two ways: “the wrong way and my way.”

Source: Personal Space

blah

Blah

NOUN
1. nonsense: talk or writing that is inane or boring ( informal )
PLURAL NOUN
1. malaise: a condition of feeling bored, restless, and listless

“She’s got the blahs today.”
INTRANSITIVE VERB
blahed past and past participle
bla·hing present participle
blahs 3rd person present singular
1. talk nonsense: to talk in a meaningless way ( informal ) ( often repeated for emphasis )
ADJECTIVE
1. dull: dull and uninteresting or uninterested ( informal )

“feeling really blah today”

comfort(able) – I agree with Fran!

Now, nature, as I am only too aware, has her enthusiasts, but on the whole, I am not to be counted among them. To put it bluntly, I am not the type who wants to go back to the land; I am the type who wants to go back to the hotel.
– Fran Lebowitz

mentor

mentor

PRONUNCIATION:

(MEN-tohr, -tuhr)
MEANING:
noun: A wise and trusted adviser or teacher.
verb tr., intr.: To serve as an adviser or teacher.
ETYMOLOGY:
After Mentor, the name of young Telemachus’s adviser in Homer’s Odyssey. Earliest documented use: 1750.

Word of the Day

soigné

Pronunciation: /swänˈyā/ Definition: dressed very elegantly; well groomed

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