Word Of The Day 4-30-2017

Accubation

Noun

ak-ku-bā′shun


Definition

The act or posture of reclining on a couch, as practiced by the ancients at meals.


Examples

Since I am usually too lazy (or hung over) to get out of bed in the morning, I have perfected the art of accubation.


Origin

Latin accubatio, accubitio, from accubāre (“to recline”), from ad- + cubāre (“to lie down”).

 

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Sunday Photo Fiction 4-29-2017

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Each week a photo is used, donated by one of the participants of Sunday Photo Fiction, and the idea is to write a story with the photo as a prompt in around 200 words.

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“I like the way you match the colors.”

“Green on green on green. Great isn’t it?”

“Not great, but it does have symmetry what with the red and pink behind. It looks real. Like a photograph.”

“I know.”

“Wish I could paint as well.”

“It’s not hard.”

“Could you teach me?”

“Maybe. Possibly. No, probably not.”

“Uh, thanks for the vote of confidence?”

“Glad to help.”

“Why did I even come to your fricking opening?”

“Why, to worship.”

Worship?

“Who?”

“Need you ask? Me. The greatest since Van Gogh.”

“How nice for you.”

“Yes, isn’t it.”

“I get why we are no longer friends.”

“Really? Because I left you with your paint-by-numbers while I soar?”

What did I ever see in him? For sure, I don’t see it anymore.

Time to go home. Highway Thu Hell is on at nine.

 

 

 

Word Of The Day 4-29-2017

pedregal

Noun


Definition

A lava field.

A rough and rocky district, especially in a volcanic region.


Examples

On this route was situated the pedregal, which is a field of volcanic rock of very uneven surface.
General Scott

Worth was ordered to cover San Antonio, Quitman to hold San Augustin, and Pillow to march over the pedregal, while Twiggs was to cover and support Pillow’s movement.
General Scott

Once he crossed the pedregal, a region where an old lava flow had cooled, and which presented to his feet numerous sharp edges like those of a knife.
The Texan Star The Story of a Great Fight for Liberty


Origin

The word ‘pedregal’ comes from a Spanish word meaning ‘a stony place’, ultimately from ‘piedra’ (‘stone’).