Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Wednesday Word: Languor

languor |ˈla ng (g)ər|nounthe state or feeling, often pleasant, of tiredness or inertia he remembered the languor and warm happiness of those golden oppressive stillness of the air the afternoon was hot, quiet, and heavy with languor.DERIVATIVESlanguorous |-g(ə)rəs; ˈla ng ərəs| adjectivelanguorously |-g(ə)rəslē; ˈla ng ərəslē| adverbORIGIN Middle English : via Old French from Latin, from languere (see languish ). The original sense was[illness, disease, distress,] later [faintness, lassitude] ; current senses date from the 18th cent., when such lassitude became associated with a sometimes ratherself-indulgent romantic yearning.
This word makes me think of lazy Sunday afternoons, especially in the summer. I picture myself laying in the grass in the shade of an old tree, listening to the buzz of insects.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday Word: Precipitous

precipitous |priˈsipətəs|adjectivedangerously high or steep the precipitous cliffs of the North Atlantic coast.• (of a change to a worse situation or condition) sudden and dramatic the end of the war led to a precipitous decline in exports.(of an action) done suddenly and without carefulconsideration precipitous intervention.DERIVATIVESprecipitously adverbprecipitousness nounORIGIN mid 17th cent.from obsolete Frenchprécipiteux, from Latin praeceps, praecip(it)- ‘steep, headlong’ (see precipitate ).

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wednesday Word: Friable

(by Mammils @ EdviantART)

friable |ˈfrīəbəl|adjectiveeasily crumbled the soil was friable between her fingers.DERIVATIVESfriability |ˌfrīəˈbilətē| nounfriableness nounORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from French, or from Latinfriabilis, from friare ‘to crumble.’

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday Men: Camping

It's hard to believe photo is almost a century old. In 1919 Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep. World War I finally ended and the Grand Canyon was established as a National Park. Eisntein's theory of general relativity was tested and confirmed. The United States Congress approved the 19th amendment to the constitution which was consequently ratified by the Senate, and in 1920 women finally had the right to vote. In the future looms prohibition, labor unrest, and the rise of fascism in Europe. Civil rights movement won't start for decades but Ragtime is the popular music of the day.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wednesday Word: Lummox

lummox |ˈləməks|noun informala clumsy, stupid person watch it, you great lummox!ORIGIN early 19th cent.: of unknown origin.
It's an old fashioned word, and I like it as a term of endearment--as in "lovable lummox."

Monday, January 7, 2013

Monday Men: Suspenders and Beer

You shouldn't be standing at the edge of a cliff, especially if you're drinking. The blond man is rather handsome. Am I wrong for wanting to snap his suspenders?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I Whine

I'm at Coffee And Porn In The Morning today, whining about the Southern California weather. It shows how spoiled  I am.

There will be a giveaway of Dead In L.A. on Friday.

Wednesday Word: Bumbershoot

bumbershoot |ˈbəmbərˌ sh oōt|noun informalan umbrella.