Are You Chary on Icy Sidewalks?

We’ve had quite the month of January. Lots of snow. More to come. Like for the next 10 days!! (I’m skeptical because the weatherman never seems to get the weather 100% right!)

Because of the snow, the roads and the sidewalks have been snow packed and icy. Many people are chary as they walk on those icy sidewalks.

Chary (chair-ee) is an adjective that means cautious or careful. Elderly people are cautious and careful because they don’t particularly want to fall down. Chary also means hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks. Some people are chary investors with their money. They are hesitant to put their money in risky stocks or investments. They want to put their money in safe investments.

Some people have a chary personality. They do not participate in dangerous activities such as sky diving or rock climbing without ropes. They are not extravagant in their spending or behavior. They drive under the speed limit with the hopes of avoiding a car wreck. They don’t eat at restaurants where they aren’t familiar with the cuisine. They are hesitant, cautious, careful. That’s chary!

The next word for today is rantipole. Rantipole (rant-i-pole) as an adjective means wild, disorderly. Grade school aged children can be rantipole in the house meaning that they are wild and disorderly. They might act like maniacs. Forget the walking quietly through the house speaking in soft tones. They dash about in a frenzy. Almost borderline out of control.

When using rantipole as a noun, you are referring to a person. A mother might say to her wild son, “Quit being a rantipole!” This would mean she would want him to settle down and behave nicely. Sisters might call their brothers a rantipole.

You might consider these two words different sides of a coin. One side is cautions and careful (chary) and the other wild (rantipole).

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I’m a Lackadaisical Logophile

Let’s do some time travel to the near distant past of November 2007. Almost seems light years ago . . .

At that time, I shared the word logophile which meant lover of words. That’s me. Lately, I’ve been a lackadaisical logophile.

Lackadaisical (lak-uh-dey-zi-kuhl) is an adjective that means lazy, indolent. Without interest, vigor, or determination. Listless and lethargic.

I have been lazy. I have been vigor challenged. Haven’t written on this blog for almost a month. Haven’t had the determination to write. Been quite listless and lethargic. Can’t say I’ve been productive . . .

In my defense, I’ve been trying to heal from that nasty spill I had in December. Said spill cracked my elbow and cracked my teeth. It also bruised my teeth and my knee bones (area just below kneecaps). I couldn’t fix my hair with my arm in a sling so I had it cut and colored. BIG mistake. Frankenstein looks better than me.

But I’m on the mend. The dentist has reconstructed my teeth. (It’s so nice to have the hole on the back side of my teeth filled in!) Gone is the ace bandage. Gone is the sling. Actually, they only lasted 2 weeks. That was all that I could stand . . .

I feel momentum building. I’m starting to be my old self again (with heavy emphasis on old . . .) All I have to do now is to endure my hair growing out. . .

Since you probably know the word lackadaisical, I’m going to share another word. That word is eschew.

Eschew (es-choo) is a verb that means to abstain or keep away from. To shun or avoid. As in to eschew evil. (It’s gotta have an object with it.) You can eschew drugs or alcohol or fatty foods. You can eschew scary movies. You can eschew people who don’t bath, brush their teeth, or change their underwear.  I’m going to eschew laziness.

Since it is January, I feel that this is a good time to review the past. Many people do that so they can set New Year’s resolutions. I’m reviewing the past to see where I’ve come since I started this blog in November 2006. Since then, I have shared 282 words on this site. That’s a pretty good number of words, don’t you think??

I hope to be adding many more during the coming year. (Is that my resolution? Nope. My resolution is to have more parties . . .)

Happy and prosperous New Year to you all!

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