of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
I would very much like to explain at lenghth what the word hebetude (heh-bih-tood) means, but I find myself quite deep in it. That is to say, I'm feeling a little dull, tired and unmotivated. I am in a state of hebetude and I don't know when I'll be out of it, so please, just go on to the next word. I'm sorry. I hope to leave my hebetude behind and become more cheerful, animated, and driven tomorrow.
Do you or anyone you know cry easily. Sad movies? Sad songs? Cloudy skies? Empty water glass? No chocolate in the house? Cat won't come sit on your lap?
If so, lachrymose (lack-rih-mose) is the perfect word to describe you or them.
"Mother, father, my goldfish died and I am feeling a bit lachrymose. I'd like to go to my room now and cry. Would that be acceptable?"
Batrachomyomachy (ba-track-o-my-yo-mack-ee) is an impressively long word for a small, petty quarrel. If you and your brother or sister are fighting over who gets the front seat, you are having a batrachomyomachy.
These friends are clearly having a petty argument, or a batrachomyomachy.
An important bit of trivia: choose your battles carefully. Parents do not like batrachomyomachies. They are quick to send children who engage in batrachomyomachies to their bedrooms for the night.
Another important note: if you catch your parents having a batrachomyomachy, whatever you do, don't tell them so. Just quietly walk away and find something productive to do.
If you were angry with your friend because he was cheating at a game of Monopoly, you might absquatulate (ab-skwatch-you-late). You might also absquatulate with the game when you left.
Absquatulate means to take something abruptly or quickly. In this case, you took your body and the game.
The next time you finish your dinner, try saying this to your parent(s). "I'm finished and would now like to absquatulate to my room." Then, say "thank you" and run. Just make sure you don't absquatulate the dishes when you leave.
I'm in such a quandary (kwon-dree). I don't know how to go about telling you the meaning of this word. The word is quandary. The problem is a quandary. Can you guess the meaning?
When someone is in a quandary, they are among choices, and often, one doesn't seem any better or any worse than the other, so they aren't sure which one to choose.
My quandary is: should I explain that a quandary is when you have two options and neither one seems better than the other; or should I explain that a quandary is when you have two options and neither one seems worse than the other? ARGH! This is such a quandary.
You might find yourself in this situation when your parent asks, "Would you like spaghetti and meatballs or macaroni and cheese for dinner?"
Then you could respond, "Gee, whiz, mom, that's a real quandary."
And she might say, "Then I'll decide for you, but only after you explain that word to me."
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."