Apostatised

Although it may be difficult, with the high-pitched screams of Covid and the US Presidential election, but try to remember the horrible news story in February, 2018, that Boko Haram had kidnapped 110 girls from the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC) in Dapchi, Nigeria. Several of the girls died in the kidnapping or …

Unfineable

When I was in grade school, I remember people accusing each other of being “prejudice”. None of us knew what the word meant, which was perfect, because if you denied or didn’t deny it, that was reason to be mocked. Children are especially good at using any word to insult their peers. Adults have the …

Courtesan

“All the times I watched ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’ and I never realized she was an escort!” Someone said this to me recently. I’ve only seen the movie once. Audrey Hepburn is superb playing the role of a delightful young woman: pretty and a bit flighty. She can barely complete a sentence before changing the subject. …

Tropophyte

There have been many times in my life where I’ve felt like I could not perform at an optimal level (or maybe even a functional level) due to one thing or another. Thinking back to yesterday, for example, when my work computer was getting some overdue patches and required several reboots. During that time, someone …

Beaminess

Missouri. The “show me” state. That’s where we are right now, trying to find a place to live as we move into the next stage of our life’s adventure. For us, it’s more of a “look for me” state, as that describes our experience a little better. We started out planning to simply rent an …

Unwig

Defrock. Disbar. Unwig. What are we talking about? Removing someone’s frock, bar, or wig? Not really. Removing someone from office. Removing someone’s license to practice. Punishing someone who abused his title so offensively to have it taken away. But what is the frock, bar, and wig, and who has them to be taken away? So …

Consecrated

When I see or hear this week’s word, I always think of the hymn, “Take My Life and Let It Be”, by Frances Ridley Havergal (1874). The first verse is: Take my life, and let it beConsecrated, Lord, to Thee;Take my moments and my days,Let them flow in ceaseless praise,Let them flow in ceaseless praise. …

Kogai

The Japanese have a word for a hairdressing tool which is probably also a dagger which is part of a sword mount. It also means protege. This blog has considered some words with odd combinations of meanings before, but with kogai, we may have a winner. There’s the often repeated “fact” that Eskimos have 23 …

Unusurped

There is certainly diversity when it comes to taste in Art. My own opinions may be relatively strong, but that’s not what this post is about. Okay, other than to say that the Birmingham Art Museum is my favorite, and Dallas is probably my least favorite. But that’s all I have to say about that. …

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