of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
Pandemonium (pan-duh-moan-ee-um) means chaos, noisy ruckus, bedlam, rumpus, and other fun words. If you are making a lot of noise while your parent is on the phone, they might put their hand over the receiver and say, "Stop that pandemonium right this instant! I'm on the phone!"
You might also see pandemonium as you are riding around town. Peaceful protesting can turn to pandemonium and then it would be called a riot.
Angry Riot (Protest turned to pandemonium)
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.
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."