of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
I am a pluviophile (ploo-vee-oh-file). There, I said it. I say without shame, I love rainy days.
Whenever you see -phile on the end of a word, it means "lover of."
When you see -phobia on the end of a word, it means "fear of." If I were afraid of rainy days, I would be a pluviophobe or suffer from pluviophobia.
The thing about being a pluviophile, however, is it makes me also want to lie in bed all day and read or nap, which makes me also a clinophile, or someone who loves beds and lying in them.
Please allow me to begin this explanation by telling you this is something I don't believe in.
Now that that's out of the way, this is a fun German word. That's right. You will now know a German word, if you don't already.
Literally translated it means "face that needs a fist."
So, a backpfeifengesicht (back-five-in-guh-seekt) is a face that needs slapped or punched, which is why I don't believe in it. I don't think anyone ever needs to be hit, but that doesn't mean I don't think about hitting. In that case, I just say to myself, "What a backpfeifengesicht!"
Providing they are not German or don't understand German, I am safe. If they do happen to overhear my whisper and understand what I've just said, I might wind up being the backpfeifengesicht!
I would call this a "oh-no!" in slo-mo!
I don't know if I really need to explain these words beyond the above video clip.
In case you don't yet understand, a blatherskite (blah-ther-skite) is a person who talks quickly, incessantly (constantly), and doesn't really say too awfully much. Also known as a chatterbox or jabbermouth, a blatherskite can be found in almost every group of friends, every classroom, and every job site. They are generally pleasant, but the volume of speech the spit out can sometimes cause you to crave a quiet, dark room.
If this happens, just look at your watch and explain that you forgot an appointment or curfew, and RUN. Do it kindly.
Never be offensive or rude to a blatherskite. The very fact that they jabber so much to you is a compliment. They feel comfortable around you and are able to express themselves.
You have probably told a taradiddle (tare-uh-dih-dull) at some point in your life.
Well, have you? Yes. I'm sure you have. I have told thousands of them.
A taradiddle is a tiny fib, a white lie, a small fabrication, an insignificant untruth, an embellishment.
So, now I ask you once again. Have you ever told a taradiddle?
If you still say "no," I believe that might be a taradiddle itself. But, perhaps not. Maybe you have honestly never told a taradiddle, and if that is the case, good for you!
Next time you tell a fib, and someone asks you if it was a lie, simply say, "Yes, I'm a notorious taradiddler!"
This is going to be a post that might make you crazy! It might make you angry! It might set you off!
This is a post about irritating noises.
Do you ever get upset when you hear someone chewing loudly, snapping their gum, or clicking their fingernails on a table? If certain noises bother you tremendously, you may suffer from misophonia (miss-uh-fone-ee-uh).
Misophonia is a disorder that causes people to be very sensitive to certain noises. While most people don't like the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard, a few really don't like sounds that might not bother someone else. These people are called misophonics (miss-o-fone-ix). They actually suffer when they hear certain sounds. It is not fun.
Right now, with the presidential election only weeks away, the country is suffering from a massively uncomfortable case of agitprop (ah-jiht-prop).
Agitprop is also known as propaganda. It is propaganda that agitates, or stirs up, thus it is agit(ating)prop(aganda).
This practice started with the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, but is is full swing today in the United States where both the Republicans and the Democrats are doing everything in their power to destroy one another.
Agitprop is generally used in art and literature, such as the above poster.
It is probably best if we don't participate, but rather think clearly, study, research, debate, talk, and be as mature as we can when we decide who we want to lead our country.
I chose to put these two words together because they are similar and fun to say.
A balaclava (bal-uh-kloh-vuh) is simply a ski mask. They come in all colors and some even have features like beards or ears crocheted onto them for fun.
Baklava (boh-kluh-voh), on the other hand, is a delicious, Middle-eastern dessert made with fillo dough, honey, and nuts. It tastes amazing, but is also nice and gooey, flakey, and messy.
It is probably not a good idea to eat baklava while wearing a balaclava! But, it might be fun to say.
Veritas (vare-ih-toss) quite literally means truthfulness and honesty. I am full of veritas when I tell you this. I would not lie to you about the meaning of a word that means I would not lie to you. Does that make sense? I hope so. I would never want you to walk away from reading this thinking I wasn't full of veritas because I told you the wrong meaning for veritas. OK, I'm now officially confused!
There is a Latin phrase, veritas vos liberabit, which means, the truth shall set you free. I love Latin. Really love Latin! Latin helped me to love words so much. But, this is a good phrase to remember, even if you say it in English. Telling the truth is quite liberating. So, my friends, always embrace veritas!
Pinocchio did not practice veritas. That's why his nose grew!
Have you ever been so mad or upset that you wanted to scream a bad word?
I have a great word for you that won't get you a time-out!
It means nonsense, poppycock, no way, or stuff and nonsense.
But if you are angry, it is the perfect substitute for words that would only serve to anger your parents or teacher and get you into trouble.
Go ahead. Say it. It feels good!
Crinoline is a word you don't hear much anymore, but at one time, it was something everyone knew about.
A crinoline (krin-ah-lin) is something women used to wear under their skirts and dresses, like a slip, but more structured so that it made their skirts and dresses stand out, such as the hoop skirt crinoline below.
You know what they say . . . the bigger the crinoline, the harder it is to dance . . . or almost anything else!
Nowadays, when you hear crinoline, you think of costumes or wedding dresses. The modern crinoline is much more streamlined and easier to work with. I'm sure it's a lot more comfortable, as well.
Aw! Looks like someone is getting married!
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."