Overload, Harier, and Doss

Overload. I think that will be today’s first word. . . . That describes what life has been like the last little while. Both at work and personally.

Overload (oh-ver-lohd) is a verb that means an excessive load, to load to excess; overburden. It seems like my time has been loaded to excess and I haven’t had a moment to post to my blog. However, this morning my walking partner didn’t show up so I am taking this time (at 5:30 a.m.) to make a posting!

Yesterday on the radio I heard an interesting news story. Sounds like there is a running club in the eastern United States that have different activities to make running fun. One such activity is kind of like a hound chasing a hare. One group goes out and they mark a path for the other group to follow to find the first group. (They even have some deadend trails to confuse the first group and to make it more interesting.)

Well, the first group used flour to mark the trail. I guess the trail went through an Ikea store parking lot. Someone noticed the flour, freaked out, and called the police claiming that there was a dangerous substance that terrorists had left in the parking lot. The store was evacuated and a special team was called in wearing all sorts of protective gear to clean up the deadly white powdery substance. Come to find out, the running folks are now being charged with a felony. A FELLONY!

My first thought was can’t people recognize flour when they see it? But then I guess if people are eating more at McDonald’s than at home they might not have first hand experience with flour. Still, this group was just having fun and not meaning any harm and wasn’t indending to play a harmful prank nor do any terrorist-like activity. I think the charge is out of line with what happened.

That was a long story to introduce the next word. The club’s name included the word harier. I wasn’t familier with that word, so off to the dictionary I went. Harier (har-i-er) is a noun that refers to one of a small breed of hounds used for hunting hares. Well that makes sense after hearing what the club’s activities are like. Since I’m not into the dog world of hounds who hunts hares, I don’t believe this word will be used much in my regular conversation!

Then, last night, my husband was reading and came across a word he didn’t know and asked me what it was. The word was doss. I didn’t know that word either so once more I went to the dictionary. Doss (dos) is a noun that means a place to sleep. to sleep or lie down in any convenient place. The couch could be a doss (for those who fall asleep in front of the TV). The ground or a park bench could also be a doss. Your chair at work could be a doss — especially at 3:00 on a hot afternoon when you didn’t get much sleep the night before! Sometimes it refers to a cheap lodging place. So Motel 6 could be considered a doss. Staying at a relative’s home while on vacation so you don’t have to pay for a motel would be a doss.



Wordsmithie 31st Podcast

The 31st podcasting session for WordSmithie is now available. It covers the words kismet, efface, and cognizance.

The last couple of weeks have been very busy and I haven’t been able to post a podcast nor write on my blog. For all of you who have kept checking back and patiently waiting, I’m sorry — and thank you for your patience.

(I’m hoping that things will start to slow down now. Several big projects that I have been working on are now completed. So, I should have more time!)

Lionize Love

This morning in our local news, there was an article announcing the death of a prominent citizen. The article went on to lionize him.

Lionize (ahyuh-nahyz) is a verb that means to treat a person as a celebrity or to assign great social importance to a person. The article lionized this person by praising him, listing all of the great things he has done for the community for the past 35 years, and listing all of his awards and accomplishments.

Communities lionize people who have spent countless hours in service to others by honoring them at banquets, giving great speeches about them, giving them gifts, or bestowing honorary university degrees to them. They also lionize veterans who return from the war in Iraq. They have welcome home signs, parties, and other special activities. Communities might also lionize a prominent writer or singer or business person. They do this to give recognition and to show their appreciation and gratitude for their work and efforts.

The next word has two definitions that in some ways are similar but in other ways quite different. And that word is requite. Requite (ri-kwahyt) is a verb that means to make a repayment, to reimburse, to compensate. If someone has done you a kindness or a favor, you want to requite their kindness by doing something for them. For example, there have been times when I have needed to borrow an egg or some sugar from my neighbors. I am in the middle of making cookies and run out and I don’t want to drive in to town to the store to get the ingredients I need. So my neighbor gives it to me. When the cookies are out of the oven, I requite their kindness by giving them a plate of warm cookies.

Maybe you want to requite another’s love. Assuming that you love that person in return, requiting that love might involve giving the person flowers or some other gift (as a man would do for a woman), or do something kind for that person, or profess your love for the other person. You might even want to lionize that person by throwing a special party or having a big extravaganza.

On the other hand, the second meaning of requite means to revenge. If someone has hurt you or done something mean to you, you might want to requite them by returning a wrong with a wrong. You might want to get even. Maybe somebody at work humiliated you in front of others, you want to requite that person and find ways to humiliate or belittle that person.

The word requite comes from Middle English. ‘Re’ means back and ‘quite’ means to clear, or pay up.’ So you can see how it has the two definitions. If someone did something nice, you want to pay back in kind. If someone does something mean, again, you want to ‘get back’ or to settle a score with that person.

I personally think that requiting love or ionizing love is a much better idea than requiting meanness!

Wordsmithie 30th Podcast

The 30th podcasting session for WordSmithie is now available. It covers the words occlude, lugubrious, and scintilla.

I think this is a remarkable milestone for me! Considering that I only do one a week (. . . with a few missed weeks!), that means I have done 30 weeks worth of podcasts. Amazing!!


Don’t Read This Word Too Fast . . . .

Here’s a great word – but if you’re reading fast, it can really throw you for a loop. Acescent. Acescent (uh-ses-uhnt) is a noun that means turning sour or slightly sour. If you leave milk out of the refrigerator, it can turn acescent. Sometimes a dishcloth can get an acescent smell if it has been a long time since it has been washed.

A relationship can go acescent if one person isn’t very kind to the other person – and it could be ANY type of relationship not just a romantic one. Or a business relationship or business venture can turn acescent if things don’t go as planned.

If you’re reading fast and you read the word as ascent, you could get the meaning of the sentence mixed up. Ascent (uh-sent) means upward movement, or a rising movement like the ascent of a plane. Or a person’s ascent to the governorship during a political career. It could also mean the degree of inclination. If you are hiking in the mountains, the trail could have a steep ascent.

So, if the word in the sentence was acescent (turning sour) and it was talking about a relationship and you read the word as ascent (upward movement or a steep incline), the sentence wouldn’t make any sense at all to you!!

There’s another word that might add to a person’s confusion in this area. And that’s incessant. It’s pronunciation is similar to acescent. Incessant (in-ses-uhnt) is an adjective that means continuing without interruption. Ceaseless. Unending. Like the incessant drone of the airplane engine – which is quite loud if you are in the tail section of some planes! Or an incessant baby’s cry. Or the incessant pounding of the ocean’s surf and the cry of seagulls.

The incessant cry of the gulls can turn a romantic moment acescent if the couple wants some peace and quiet!

Huzzah! It Worked. It Really Worked.

So, writing something in Word and sending it to my blog really works. There should be a word to celebrate this. Surprise? That would be a good word . . . . Skeptical . . . . another good word choice . . . . I was expecting a debacle.

I guess I’ll use debacle for today’s word. Debacle (dey-bah-kuhl) is a noun that means a complete collapse or failure. I was expecting a complete failure to be able to do what I just did.

Debacle can also mean a general break up or dispersion, a sudden downfall. An attempt at a civil overthrow of a government could end in a debacle which would mean it was a sudden great disaster or failure. Those attempting the overthrow would have not succeeded! The Enron incident was a debacle (great disaster). A long time ago, I was in a piano recital — and totally forgot the song I was playing. (Nerves made my mind go blank.) That was a failure — an embarrassing debacle for me.

I think I will celebrate this success . . . by trying to do it again sometime!

This is a Test!

I just got Office 2007. It has a feature where I can write a post in Word and it will send it to my blog. I’m going to see if it really works . . . .