Is Blogging Sacrosant to You?

I just read a little description about a father reading bedtime stories to his elementary aged daughter.  He commented that at times, the hour was late and he felt there wasn’t time enough to read because it was past his daughter’s bedtime.  However, his daughter felt that the nightly ritual of reading the bedtime story was sacrosanct.

Sacrosanct is a good word to share here.  Sacrosanct (sak-roh-sangkt) is an adjective that means extremely sacred or inviolable.  You might recall reading in the Old Testament about the tabernacle of ancient Israel.  Inside that tabernacle was the Holy of Holies.  That room was sacrosanct – extremely sacred.  Churches may have temples, buildings, or objects that they consider very sacred.  They would be considered sacrosanct.

Wedding vows are sacrosanct – or at least more people ought to view them that way.  (Next week-end, we will be going to a 5oth wedding anniversary celebration of some dear friends who have definitely kept their wedding vows sacrosanct!)

Sacrosanct could also mean above or beyond criticism, change, or interference.  An author might consider his manuscript sacrosanct or above criticism or change.  The man’s daughter that I mentioned earlier felt that reading a bedtime story was an extremely sacred ritual.  It was above change or interference.  To her, there was nothing that was more important than time spent with her father as he read a bedtime story.

In the definition of sacrosanct, I used the word inviolable.  That’s another good word to share with you.  Inviolable (in-vahy-uh-luh-buh) is an adjective that means secure from destruction, violence, infringement, or desecration.  Holy temples with holy rooms are inviolable — generally not destroyed or desecrated.  (Unless it’s during wartime . . .)

Inviolable also means incapable of being transgressed or dishonored or immune to attack.  An oath or a promise or someone’s honor could be considered inviolable.  A fortress could be inviolable meaning that it would be impossible to attach it.  If I held the opinion that writing regularly on my blog was sacrosanct or inviolable, then maybe I would write here more often!

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Acrimonious and Aberrant

The first word for today is acrimonious. Acrimonious (ak-ruh-moh-nee-uhs) is an adjective that means full of or displaying anger and resentment, bitter, spiteful, hostile, unfriendly. Someone can make an acrimonious comment to you if they were unhappy with something you did. Many times people who are in the process of divorcing (or even after divorce) say acrimonious things to their ex-spouse. Their comments are caustic, stinging, or bitter in nature.

If you had a business deal go sour, you might do or say acrimonious things to the person who made it go bad. If you really, really, really wanted to do something or to get something and then you couldn’t, you might say acrimonious things to express your disappointment.

The next word is aberrant. Aberrant (ab-er-uhnt) is an adjective that means deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal. You can have aberrant behavior such as delinquency or crime. Sometimes people with compulsive disorders have aberrant behavior like washing their hands ten times before eating. Or someone might have aberrant ideas. Thinking that a diet consisting solely of tofu and water is healthy is aberrant thinking – most normal people, in their normal patterns of thinking do not believe this.   In fact, it’s aberrant thinking to think that tofu is tasty!

‘Til next time!

Be Beatific

Today’s first word is beatific. Now before I give its definition, I want to caution you, Dear Reader, not to think it is connected with the word beautiful. That seems to be a common fallacy. Beatific (bee-uhtif-ik) is an adjective that means blissful or saintly. Someone can have a beatific look on their face which would mean that they look blissful or that they looked like a saint. A person can have a beatific feeling which means they would feel blissful. If they did a kind deed, they could feel beatific (saintly) for doing the kindness. Some synonyms for this word are serene, exalted, angelic, rapturous.

It can also mean bestowing bliss, blessings, or happiness. So if I did a beatific deed, I would have done something that bestowed happiness on others. Or that I had done something to bless someone’s life. Spending time with a lonely senior citizen would be a beatific kindness because that would definitely bring that person bliss and happiness.

The next word is fallacy. Fallacy (faluh-see) is a noun that means a deceptive, misleading, or false notion, or belief. So if someone thinks that the word beatific is similar in meaning to the word beautiful (or beauty), that idea is a false belief. It is misleading. Back in Columbus’ day, people thought the world was flat. That was a fallacy (false notion). Back in the olden days, wives were in disfavor if they couldn’t produce a son for their husband. The idea that the wife determined the sex of a child is a fallacy because in today’s world we know that is determined by the husband.

I’m Stopping My Jeremiad!

I think that life is slowing down somewhat for me so that I can get back into the swing of posting to my blog and making my podcast. I feel that sometimes I have used my blog as a jeremiad.

Jeremiad (jer-uh-mahy-uhd) is a noun that means a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint. This word has an interesting background. It was created in reference to Jeremiah’s lamentations in the Old Testament. I have been mournfully complaining about being swamped both at work and in my personal life. This jeremiad has been going on for 3 weeks! My readers have probably given up on me . . . .

Sometimes children launch into a jeremiad when they are not allowed to do an activity that they would like to do. Or when they can’t have something that they think they really need. Students in school might have a semester long jeremiad against a certain class or teacher that they think is exceptionally difficult. Employees assigned to a project that they don’t like might break out in a jeremiad at every opportune time.

The next word I want to share today is kith. You’ve probably heard the expression ‘kith and kin.’ Kin refers to kindred or to a person’s relatives collectively. Their kinfolk. Kith (kith) is a noun that refers to familiar friends and neighbors. It could also include relatives. So the expression ‘kith and kin’ refers to friends and family.

Last night my husband and I went with some kith (friends) to the play Charlie’s Aunt. Over the Labor Day week-end, we took our son and his kiths (a group of friends) hiking down Burrow Wash in Capital Reef Park in southern Utah. We have had some kith (neighbors) over for a pot luck Dutch oven meal. One time we even hosted a 4th of July activity where our kith (about 50 of our neighbors) brought over fireworks and set them off and then had punch and cookies.

I hope that your activities with your kith will not cause you to have any jeremiads!