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word or phrase to add to your army.
Before we get down to business, I must declare emphatically how much I absolutely love this word! It is so much fun to say, if you don't trip over your tongue in the process.
Now, as to what, exactly, it means—here goes: this is one of the fastest notes in music. It is a hundred-twenty-eighth note. So a semihemidemisemiquaver is 128 times faster than a whole note!
Most music you probably study in school is rooted in whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, and a few eighth notes. I'm not going to pretend I know music, only that I love to listen to it. But I will tell you I know math and a sixteenth note is fast, a thirty-second note is really fast, a sixty-fourth (hemidemisemiquaver) is extremely fast, and a hundred-twenty-eighth note (semihemidemisemiquaver) is darn near impossibly fast!
To show you an example, here is the great Daniel Barenboim playing Beethoven's Sonata No. 8, C Minor, Opus 13—Pathetique. It begins slowly and just after the two-minute mark, it takes off into space at a rate of speed you won't even be able to detect. Watch this man's fingers as he "tickles" the ivories, as some would say.
Can you even believe how fast that is? I can't!
OK, here is a word that you guys will love to use that sounds so much worse than it is. It sounds nasty, but it is really a good word. Ready??
Fartlek (fart-leck). I told you. It is a Swedish word that means workout regime. See . . . not so bad! It's kind of an interval training, if you've heard of that, where you change up during your workout often, working hard, then slowing down, then working hard, then slowing down.
So come up with a workout routine of your own and let everyone know you're working on your fartlek!
This man is clearly cantankerous (kahn-tank-er-us). From this photograph, what do you think that means? I'm sure you guessed correctly. He is cranky. He likes to argue. He is mean. You probably wouldn't want to have dinner with him. I know I wouldn't. He is cantankerous!
It is important to note that sometimes people ARE cantankerous and that is the only way they know how to be; and sometimes people ACT cantankerous, but get over it when their mood improves.
I am a proud nelipot! A nelipot is simply someone who walks without shoes. I love to walk in fresh grass in bare feet. When I wear shoes, I feel like my feet are trapped in a cage, so I generally wear flip-flops year-round or practice being a nelipot. The only drawback to being a nelipot are bees, thorns, glass, and nails hidden in that fresh grass.
So . . . if your parents prefer you to not be a nelipot, definitely listen to them. They have your best feet in mind.
If, however, you do become a part-time nelipot, there are fancy ways of doing so, such as the lady below:
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."