Mar 172020

This word is from Merriam-Webster Word Of The Day


adjective | oh-lee-AJ-uh-nus

1 : resembling or having the properties of oil : oily; also : containing or producing oil

2 : marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality


This word is from Word Think Of The Day

“The contemporaneous court cases for the two defendants.”

Contemporaneous (con·tem·po·ra·ne·ous) adj.
Originating, existing, or happening during the same period of time


Wondrous Words Wednesday 

Oct 302019

Wondrous Words Wednesday 


I saw this word at a blog post on Bertram’s Blog

I must confess I am a bit too much of an egalitarian to truly appreciate the nuances of the film.

I am an egalitarian too and didn’t even know it


relating to or believing in the principle that all people are equal and deserve equal rights and opportunities.
“a fairer, more egalitarian society”

a person who advocates or supports egalitarian principles.

Jul 232019

Wondrous Words Wednesday

I saw this word used by Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

“I know #firstworldproblems and all, but it can be such a palaver.”


1. unnecessarily elaborate or complex procedure.
“there’s a lot of palaver involved”

HISTORICAL improvised conference between two groups, typically those without a shared language or culture.

Apr 102019

Hosted @ Bermudaonion’s Weblog

I get the Merriam-Webster Word Of The Day sent to my email and this was the word for yesterday.

noun | HAN-sul

1 : a gift made as a token of good wishes or luck especially at the beginning of a new year

2 : something received first (as in a day of trading) and taken to be a token of good luck

3 a : a first installment

b : a token or sample of what is to come : earnest, foretaste

According to an old custom in the British Isles, the first Monday of the New Year is Handsel Monday, a day to give a small gift or good luck charm to children or to those who have served you well. As long ago as the 13th century, English speakers were using the ancestor of handsel in the context of omens and luck, eventually leading to the meaning of a good luck charm given to one at the start of some new situation or condition. By the 18th century, traders were using handsel for the first cash they earned in the morning—to them, an omen of good things to follow. Nowadays, it can also be used for something that gives a taste of things to come.

Mar 192019

Hosted @ Bermudaonion’s Weblog

I saw this word in an email:

“In 1937, [radio astronomer Grote] Reber built the world’s first parabolic radio telescope in his backyard. The Reber Telescope was moved to the National Radio Observatory at Green Bank in the 1960s and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.” — Princeton Times (West Virginia), 21 Dec. 2018

adjective | pair-uh-BAH-lik

1 : expressed by or being a parable : allegorical

2 : of, having the form of, or relating to a curve formed by the intersection of a cone and a plane parallel to an element of the cone

Feb 062019

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I saw this word in an email today:

Edgar Allan Poe is said to have called the 1841 story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” his first “tale of ratiocination.

noun | rat-ee-oh-suh-NAY-shun

1 : the process of exact thinking : reasoning

2 : a reasoned train of thought

Jun 132018

Hosted @ Bermudaonion’s Weblog

I saw this @ My Little Corner Of The World

The narthex – full of people who were excited for this special day.

an antechamber, porch, or distinct area at the western entrance of some early Christian churches, separated off by a railing and used by catechumens, penitents, etc.
an antechamber or large porch in a modern church.

I’ve been to a lot of different churches over the years but none of them had a narthex.

May 232018

Hosted @ BermudaOnion

1. I saw this word when I opened Google on my laptop. Google was celebrating Abraham Ortelius who was a founder of cartography. You can read more about him here.

the science or practice of drawing maps.
I probably have seen this word before but since I didn’t know/remember it’s meaning I decided to play WWW today.

2. I saw this word @ Joyfully Retired
Ellery stared vacantly at Fiorelli’s cicatrix.

plural cicatrices play \ˌsi-kə-ˈtrī-(ˌ)sēz, sə-ˈkā-trə-ˌsēz\

1a scar resulting from formation and contraction of fibrous tissue in a wound
2a mark resembling a scar especially when caused by the previous attachment of an organ or part (such as a leaf)
Aug 232017

Hosted @ BermudaOnion

I read an article @ Signature with a few words (and one phrase) that people used to say. I’ve never heard of any of them before.

Salad Days:
means our young, wild years

when we’re pressed for time and rushing around to get everything done

sickeningly ingratiating, “a brownnoser”

refers to someone who sounds smart but isn’t

the pleasure you feel at other’s pain

an unstatesmanlike practitioner of politics and a petty or contemptible politician

sticking one’s head in the sand

to put someone in a good mood

Aug 092017

Hosted @ BermudaOnion


I saw these two words @ Socrates Book Reviews

lothario was found on this post

Garrett hasn’t fared poorly either, transforming from teen heartbreaker to adult lothario.

Definition of lothario:
plural lotharios
: a man whose chief interest is seducing women


Khunying   was found on this post

Almost unrecognizable as a wealthy khunying from Bangkok, she wore a polyester blouse and baggy pants, cheap rubber flip-flops, and carried an eight ball of cocaine in her handbag.

I couldn’t find a definite meaning for this word, but it seems to be having to do with royalty, fashion style, hairdo, or charitable work.

May 312017

Hosted by Kathy @ BermudaOnion

I saw this word @ Read With Katie
As the bus veers onto the narrow bitumen road, Finn turns up her music, blocking out the noise so she can take her in new surroundings.

a black viscous mixture of hydrocarbons obtained naturally or as a residue from petroleum distillation. It is used for road surfacing and roofing.


I saw this word @ Dual Reads
I am myself again. Carly has disappeared into the umbra, and I am alone.

the fully shaded inner region of a shadow cast by an opaque object, especially the area on the earth or moon experiencing the total phase of an eclipse.


I saw this word in a news article @ All That Is Interesting
According to a report from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, researchers have found traces of a previously unknown extinct hominid species in the DNA of the Melanesians, a group living in an area northeast of Australia that encompasses Papua New Guinea and the surrounding islands.

anthropology : any of a family (Hominidae) of erect bipedal primate mammals that includes recent humans together with extinct ancestral and related forms and in some recent classifications the gorilla, chimpanzee, and orangutan


Apr 262017

Hosted by Kathy @ BermudaOnion

1.  Caerphilly
This was one of the ingredients in a recipe posted @ Honey From Rock. I’d never heard of it so I looked it up.

Caerphilly is a hard, crumbly white cheese that originated in the area around the town of Caerphilly, Wales. It is thought to have been created to provide food for the local coal miners.


2. Serviceberry
I saw this word @ Beth Fish Reads in her Stacked Up Book Thoughts post.

Serviceberry is rare in that it offers interest in every season. It kicks off in spring with beautiful white flowers, which develop into tasty purple berries that attract birds in early summer. Or harvest the berries and use them to make delicious jams, jellies, and pies. The plant’s bright green or bluish green leaves turn stunning shades of red and orange in fall, and its silvery bark offers winter appeal. You can grow serviceberry as a large shrub or small tree.

Apr 122017

Hosted by Kathy @ BermudaOnion

I saw this word on the tv of the pump I was using at the Shell gas station.
It was the word of the day.

1: marked with or characterized by disgrace or shame : dishonorable
2: deserving of shame or infamy : despicable
3: humiliating, degrading an ignominious defeat

ignominiously adverb
ignominiousness noun