Words of the Day: -opia Edition

Posted in definitions, learning, Writing with tags , , on January 6, 2015 by Jessica Rising

I forgot what “day” I was on. Initially, I was annoyed with Myself. Then Myself reminded I that I much prefer words to numbers. With that recollection, I decided to begin categorizing these posts appropriately. With this in mind, please enjoy the -opia edition of today’s words! ~JR

Utopia

yo͞oˈtōpēə/
noun
  1. an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More.
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    Pictured: A Cornucopia Utopia

Cornucopia

ˌkôrn(y)əˈkōpēə/
noun
  1. a symbol of plenty consisting of a goat’s horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn.
    • an ornamental container shaped like a goat’s horn.
    • an abundant supply of good things of a specified kind.
      “the festival offers a cornucopia of pleasures”
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      Pictured: A cornucopia that causes myopia

Myopia

mīˈōpēə/
noun
  1. a condition in which the visual images come to a focus in front of the retina of the eye resulting especially in defective vision of distant objects
  2. a lack of foresight or discernment :  a narrow view of something

highwaytohell

Pictured: An environmentally myopic dystopic

Dystopia

disˈtōpēə/
noun
  1. an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
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    Pictured: A dystopian symposium

2015 — the Year of Learning

Posted in Fiction, learning, Writing with tags on January 2, 2015 by Jessica Rising

writing-habits

I have gained a bad habit over the course of the last few years. A habit draped in egotism and jealousy. I stopped reading other writers’ blogs, stopped studying writing manuals, stopped trying to learn and grow in my craft. I DID go to graduate school to study writing and literature, but when you are earning a Master’s degree, most of the work is on you. I taught myself, for the most part, picking and choosing the books I wanted to pay attention to — books mostly written by dead authors who couldn’t make me feel inferior by their current success while I had none.

I was lost in my own jealous ignorance. I was stagnant. I refused to learn any more because what I had learned over the course of twenty years had done nothing to help me become a “real” writer.

I was wrong.

Even at this moment, I am tempted to fall into self-pity. I want to say things like “I suck at writing and always will”, and “every time I see a fellow author’s success, I feel horrible”, and “I don’t even know what to write on my own blog, which makes me less than a writer”. I want to fall into my old habits.

But old habits — while they die hard — must, in the end, still die, if we are to grow.

And I need to grow.

So, I will not only be reading and learning from my fellow writers once again, but I’d like to reblog the posts that I find especially helpful. If you’re a fellow writer, please let me know if you have writing posts I could read and share. Beyond that, I will be looking, myself.

2015: The year of learning. The year of growth.

Words of the Day — Holiday Edition

Posted in definitions, fun, new years with tags , , on December 28, 2014 by Jessica Rising

This strange pocket of time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is upon us. It also makes timely updating of Word of the Day posts a bit difficult, due to time-space thingamajiggyness.

Anyway, so I’m taking this time to give you, not two, but FOUR words/phrases, all holiday-related, in this one MEGAPOST, as my Holiday gift to you.

Merry NewMas!

Samhain

ˈsouən/
noun
  1. The first day of November, celebrated by the ancient Celts as a festival marking the beginning of winter. Celebrations include reflecting on, and honoring, passed ancestors.
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    Pictured: Something from Samhain that is eerily familiar…

Bough

bou/
noun

  1. a main branch of a tree.
    “apple boughs laden with blossom”
    synonyms: branch, limb, arm, offshoot
    “snow-laden pine boughs”

Holly

Pictured: a BOUGH of holly with which to deck your halls.

Auld Lang Syne

ôld laNG ˈzīn,ˈsīn/
noun

  1. times long past. (Scottish in origin — Gaelic)

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Pictured: the literal definition of that weird part of the New Years Song nobody can sing correctly.

wassail

ˈwäsəl,-ˌsāl/Submit
archaic
noun

  1. spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve.

verb

  1. drink plentiful amounts of alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.
  2. go from house to house at Christmas singing carols.
    “here we go a-wassailing”

Beer-Wassail

Pictured: Something yummeh that you probably haven’t tried yet. WHY HAVEN’T YOU TRIED WASSAIL YET?

Words of the Day, #7 & #8

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2014 by Jessica Rising

Awl

ôl/
noun
noun: awl; plural noun: awls
a small pointed tool used for piercing holes, especially in leather.

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Pictured: owlish eyes made with an awl.

Yore

yôr
noun: literary
noun: yore
of long ago or former times (used in nostalgic or mock-nostalgic recollection).
“a great empire in days of yore.”

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Pictured: an awl from the ancient days of yore

Now, give me awl yore shares!

… what?

Words of the Day #5 & #6

Posted in definitions, fun with tags , , on December 21, 2014 by Jessica Rising

I think I’ll just do two every other day. This is working out better, and I think it’s more interesting too. :) -JR

Altruistic:

altro͞oˈistik/
adjective
showing a disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others; unselfish.
“it was an entirely altruistic act”
synonyms: unselfish, selfless, compassionate, kind, public-spirited; charitable, benevolent, beneficent, philanthropic, humanitarian; literary bounteous

Peace CorpsPictured: An Altruistic Army

Counterfeit

ˈkoun(t)ərˌfit/
adjective
1.
made in exact imitation of something valuable or important with the intention to deceive or defraud.
“two men were remanded on bail on a charge of passing counterfeit $10 bills”
synonyms: fake, faked, bogus, forged, imitation, spurious, substitute, ersatz, phony
“counterfeit $100 bills”
antonyms: genuine
pretended; sham.
“a counterfeit image of reality”
noun
noun: counterfeit; plural noun: counterfeits
1.
a fraudulent imitation of something else; a forgery.
“he knew the tapes to be counterfeits”
synonyms: fake, forgery, copy, reproduction, imitation; More
antonyms: original
verb
verb: counterfeit; 3rd person present: counterfeits; past tense: counterfeited; past participle: counterfeited; gerund or present participle: counterfeiting
1.
imitate fraudulently.
“my signature is extremely hard to counterfeit”
synonyms: fake, forge, copy, reproduce, imitate
“his signature was hard to counterfeit”

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Pictured: A Counterfeit Altruistic Army

Word of the Day #3 & #4

Posted in definitions, fun with tags , , on December 18, 2014 by Jessica Rising

Hi! Sorry I didn’t do this yesterday. It was… a hard day. Anyway, so to catch up here are TWO words for your dialectical pallet!

Copse

käps/
noun:
a small group of trees.

Civil War Battle

Pictured: A corpse covered copse

And…

Sedition

səˈdiSH(ə)n/
noun
conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch.
synonyms: rabble-rousing, incitement to rebel, subversion, troublemaking, provocation; rebellion, insurrection, mutiny, insurgence, civil disorder.

Civil War Battle

Pictured: Sedition in a corpse covered copse

Word of the Day #2

Posted in definitions, fun with tags , , on December 16, 2014 by Jessica Rising

Caveat

ˈkavēˌat,ˈkävēˌät/
noun
a warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations.
synonyms: warning, caution, admonition; proviso, condition, stipulation, provision, clause, rider, qualification

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Source: Google Definitions

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