of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
Bioluminescent (by-o-loo-men-ess-ent) is not only a really magnificent word, it is also one of nature's miraculous little feats.
Lightning bugs, or fireflies, depending on where you are from, have bioluminescent rear ends, which means they glow in the dark. The miraculous part is that they light up without electricity or batteries or recharging. They simply light up on their own in the dark. That's where the "bio-" comes in. It is accomplished biologically or chemically.
Even though science makes sense of it, to me, it is magical. There are other creatures that are also bioluminescent.
Would you like to glow in the dark?
Egregious (uh-gree-jus) means horrible, outrageous, unbelievably bad, terrible, horrendous, or awful.
For instance, if you asked for a 10% cost of living raise to your allowance and your parents only gave you 4%, you could tell them, "This cost of living raise to my allowance is egregious!" Then you could ask them what they intend to do about it.
Don't be surprised, however, if they respond to you by saying something like this: "We pay for your cost of living so the burden is on us. You asking for 10% increase is egregious. You getting a 4% raise is more than generous under the circumstances."
Avuncular (a-vunk-you-ler) sounds like a really serious word, but it has a fairly simple meaning. it describes . . . wait for it . . . being an uncle—kind, generous, friendly, playful. Santa Claus is an avuncular character. He loves children and would behave as a good uncle would.
Shenanigans (Shi-nan-i-gens) refers to mischief. They can be funny pranks, or even rotten, cruel tricks, but generally the word is used to describe the silly, ridiculous stunts.
Putting shaving cream on your sisters hand while she's asleep and then tickling her nose would definitely be a shenanigan that might land you in a lot of trouble.
My mother often asks me, "Becky Lyn, what kind of shenanigans are you up to now?" Somehow, she always knows.
April Fools' Day is kind of a global holiday celebrating shenanigans.
Don't try this at home! This is a shenanigan too far!
If you were ever flabbergasted (flab-er-gas-tid), it means you were greatly surprised, astonished, or amazed. One day, I got home from work and found my husband dressed in my clothes. Let me tell you, I was completely, utterly flabbergasted! When I went further into the house, my children were all dressed as the opposite gender, also. I was even more completely, utterly flabbergasted! It was when I saw the birds dressed as cats and the cats dressed like dogs that I was flabbergasted beyond belief. What a crazy family I have!
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."