of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
Does logorrhea (lah-guh-ree-uh)sound like another word you know? It kind of sounds like diarrhea, doesn't it. There is a reason for that. Logorrhea is sometimes rudely called diarrhea of the mouth.
People who talk incessantly, or non-stop, with nothing much to really say are guilty of logorrhea. They chatter on and on.
It is important to note, however, that sometimes people can't help it. They are lonely, or super intelligent, or it can even be a mental disorder. It is kind to listen to someone with logorrhea as long as it is convenient to do so. They aren't being rude. They just need someone to listen.
These two are engaged in a great battle of logorrhea!!!
I'm sure if you think about it, you would remember having been near someone sialoquent (sy-al-oh-kwint) before. You might have even been sialoquent a few times in your life.
To be sialoquent means to spray it when you say it. It is usually done accidentally. Your mouth produces too much saliva when you get excited and you say something and some of that spit sprays on the person you're talking to. It can be embarrassing, or even funny if the person is a close friend or family member. Or, it could make them extremely angry and grossed out! No matter what the reaction, it is best to try to laugh it off without hurting their feelings. Also, maybe, try not to do it again. Calm down. Swallow. Speak. Those are great rules of thumb. Just remember.
Say it, don't spray it!!
You've probably studied in school different types of eaters. There are carnivores, who eat meat. There are herbivores, who eat plants. There are omnivores, who eat everything. Then there are crudivores (krew-dih-vore). Make sure you pronounce it with the long "u" and not the short "u" so it doesn't sound like people who eat crud!
Can you guess what a crudivore eats? When you look at the first part of the word, you see crud(e). What could be cruder than eating your food raw? Most of the world would use the phrase raw vegan, but the word crudivore is a little more fun.
As to whether crudivores eat raw meat, which would definitely make them not vegan, I have not been able to find out in my research. Does anyone out there know? Send me a comment if you do.
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!
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."