of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
When something is catawampus (ka-tuh-wom-pus) or cattywampus (kat-ee-wom-pus), it is said to be in disarray, not lined up properly, a mess, or skewed. I prefer to use cattywampus because it starts with cat and it is the state my cats leave my desk in when they decide to explore!
This quilt is actually quite intricate and challenging to make, but it looks catawampus, because the lines go this way and that way. Lovely, isn't it?
Aposiopesis (app-oh-sigh-uh-pea-sis) is the practice of suddenly cutting off in the middle of . . .
Aposiopesis is when you are speaking to someone and in the middle of your sentence, you . . .
Aposiopesis is a rather rude practice of never quite finishing what you are . . .
I hope maybe you have figured out by that silly example what aposiopesis means. It is the cutting off of a sentence in the middle of saying it. When you are speaking and suddenly stop, leaving the rest of the sentence to the imagination of the listener, you are practicing aposiopesis.
One of the most embarrassing things that can happen is when you are sitting in a classroom, church, or other quiet place, and suddenly, out of nowhere, your stomach begins to speak out and rumble.
If this has ever happened to you, or someone near you, you have experienced a borborygm (bore-ber-ig-um). It can be up high, down low, loud, or soft, but it is definitely disruptive and can cause some serious chuckling. It can happen when you are hungry or when you are full.
Borborygm is slightly less embarrassing than passing gas, but slightly more embarrassing than a burp. At least, that is the order I put them in.
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."