of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
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:
You know when you wake up in the morning and the first thing you want to do is stretch really big? You begin the stretch and suddenly you seem to be stuck. You, my friend, have just pandiculated. Pandiculation is the act of stretching so powerfully you actually kind of freeze up for a second, getting stuck in the beauty of the stretch. It can be, at the same time, terrifying and satisfying. Don't worry, though. No one I know of has actually gotten stuck. Just enjoy the moment and move on!
If you look up obstreperous (uhb-strep-er-us) in the dictionary, you might find the name of your little brother or sister. (Well, that was rude of me!)
Obstreperous means noisy and difficult to control. As in toddlers, sometimes. (There I go again!) Have you ever been out at a restaurant, theater, or store and heard a little child carry on in an obstreperous manner? They can be quite disruptive, making it difficult to carry on a thought or a conversation.
When my children would become obstreperous, I would give them a big hug, or what I like to refer to as "corporal cuddling" and tell them over and over again in hushed tones, "I love you. Just breathe and get control. Everything is fine. You can do this." Sometimes doing so would reverse the obstreperousness, and sometimes it would do the opposite, making them even more obstreperous!
Oh, dear, Captain Kirk! Stop being so obstreperous!!
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."