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Posted by thesinger on November 16, 2007

Isn’t that the coolest word? I thought so. Literally it means “fear of the number six-hundred and sixty-six.”



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Word of the Day for Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Posted by thesinger on July 17, 2007

gallimaufry \gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun:

A medley; a hodgepodge.

Today bilingual programs are conducted in a gallimaufry of around 80 tongues, ranging from Spanish to Lithuanian to Micronesian Yapese.
— Ezra Bowen, “For Learning or Ethnic Pride?”, Time, July 8, 1985

Then the speech itself, and you have to feel sorry for TQMEM [The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty] having to read out this frightful drivel, this grim gallimaufry of cliches, jargon and outright lies.
— Simon Hoggart, “Grand tradition: Maltravers, Rouge, Garter, Skinner”, The Guardian, November 27, 2003

Maran reports the daily jostlings and thrivings in a public school with 3,200 students, 185 teachers, 45 languages, a principal and five vice principals, five safety monitors, 62 sports teams and a gallimaufry of alternative programs, clubs and cliques.
— Colman McCarthy, “A Writer Goes Back to School”, Washington Post, August 20, 2001

Gallimaufry, originally meaning “a hash of various kinds of meats,” comes from French galimafrée, from Old French, from galer, “to rejoice, to make merry” (source of English gala) + mafrer, “to eat much,” from Medieval Dutch maffelen, “to open one’s mouth wide.”

From Dictionary.com

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Word of the Day for Friday, July 13, 2007

Posted by thesinger on July 13, 2007

triskaidekaphobia \tris-ky-dek-uh-FOH-bee-uh\, noun:

A morbid fear of the number 13 or the date Friday the 13th.

Thirteen people, pledged to eliminate triskaidekaphobia, fear of the number 13, today tried to reassure American sufferers by renting a 13 ft plot of land in Brooklyn for 13 cents . . . a month.
— Daily Telegraph, January 14, 1967

Past disasters linked to the number 13 hardly help triskaidekaphobics overcome their affliction. The most famous is the Apollo 13 mission, launched on April 11, 1970 (the sum of 4, 11 and 70 equals 85 – which when added together comes to 13), from Pad 39 (three times 13) at 13:13 local time, and struck by an explosion on April 13.
— “It’s just bad luck that the 13th is so often a Friday”, Electronic Telegraph, September 8, 1996

Triskaidekaphobia is from Greek treiskaideka, triskaideka, thirteen (treis, three + kai, and + deka, ten) + phobos, fear.

In Christian countries the number 13 was considered unlucky because there were 13 persons at the Last Supper of Christ. Fridays are also unlucky, because the Crucifixion was on a Friday. Hence a Friday falling on the thirteenth day is regarded as especially unlucky.

Some famous triskaidekaphobes1:

* Napoleon
* Herbert Hoover
* Mark Twain
* Richard Wagner
* Franklin Roosevelt

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Word of the Day for Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Posted by thesinger on June 19, 2007

Eructation \ih-ruhk-TAY-shuhn\, noun:

The act of belching; a belch.

Ignatius belched, the gassy eructations echoing between the walls of the alley.
— John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

The explosion, at this distance, sounds like a faint, feeble eructation.
— Peter Conrad, “Bangs to whimpers”, The Observer, March 7, 2004

Eructation comes from Latin eructatio, from eructare, from e-, “out” + ructare, “to belch.”


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Twas a boring, hard days work,

Posted by thesinger on June 13, 2007

and it didn’t help the “old brain” that I didn’t get enough sleep last night. My work consisted of some trimming, some mechanic kinds of work on the combines, and some rougeing in the afternoon. This rougeing, however, was not the usual walk at a medium speed and look for rye kind of rougeing. Rather, this kind of rougeing involved pullling all the “talls” (talls are off types of wheat that are generally taller than the rest of the wheat) that we could see. Now, this field was Full of talls, and so Loyal, Kenneth, and myself had the “privilege” of walking about 8 ft. apart and pulling the tall heads from wheat plants. GROAN!!! It took so long that we did two rounds (each round was about 1 mile long) in about two hours. GROAN AGAIN!!!!

On to better things. Like parties!!! The youth guys are going to have a campout in a nearby pasture on Friday night, the good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. That should be a HOWL!!! Oh, and we are going to have some Awesome food!!!! Talk about it. Just talk about it for a while. No don’t, or I won’t be able to finish this post because of jumping up and down for joy and excitement. I helped plan this event because I have the unfortunate job of being head committee guy for the youth group, therefore, a successful occurrence of this event will also mean that we did the planning part correctly. YESS!!!



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The Church Bulletin Hall of Fame

Posted by thesinger on May 28, 2007

— Barbara Chisholm remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Jack’s sermons.

— The Ladies’ Bible Study will be held Thursday morning at 10:00. All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.

— Would the congregation please note that that bowl in the back of the church labeled “For the Sick” is for monetary donations only.

— Missionary Bertha Belch will be speaking at Calvary Memorial Church. Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.

— A bean supper will be held Saturday evening in the church basement. Music will follow.

Taken from “The Revenge of Anguished English” by Richard Lederer.


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Word of the Day

Posted by thesinger on April 13, 2007

Yes, I am a word freak of sorts. I appreciate learning new words and have a word here for you. This dictionary article comes from Dictionary.com.

Peace out, and enjoy. . .

Word of the Day for Friday, April 13, 2007

spoonerism \SPOO-nuh-riz-uhm\, noun:

The transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.

Some examples:

* We all know what it is to have a half-warmed fish [“half-formed wish”] inside us.

# The Lord is a shoving leopard [“loving shepherd”].

# It is kisstomary to cuss [“customary to kiss”] the bride.

# Is the bean dizzy [“dean busy”]?

# When the boys come back from France, we’ll have the hags flung out [“flags hung out”]!

# Let me sew you to your sheet [“show you to your seat”].

Spoonerism comes from the name of the Rev. William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), a kindly but nervous Anglican clergyman and educationalist. All the above examples were committed by (or attributed to) him.

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