Word Of The Day 4-30-2017





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


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


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


Sunday Photo Fiction 4-29-2017


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.


“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.”



“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




A lava field.

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


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


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

Word Of The Day 4-28-2017



Popularity: Bottom 20% of words


A person who deals in second-hand books.  Today, we’d call him a Used Book Salesman.


  1. Like all the rest of the world, he possessed the termination in ist, without which no one could exist at that time, but he was neither a Royalist, a Bonapartist, a Chartist, an Orleanist, nor an Anarchist; he was a bouquinist, a collector of old books. –Les Miserables, Volume III, Marius


Middle French boucquain (rare old book), from Middle Dutch *boeckin, *boeckijn (little book), diminutive of Middle Dutch boec (book), (compare Middle Dutch boecskin, boekelkin). More at book, -kin.

Word Of The Day 4-27-2017


noun mach·air \ˈmaḵər\
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words

plural  -s

(Scottish & Irish)

strip of sandy, grassy, often lime-rich land just above the high-water mark at a sandy shore: used as grazing or arable land

a flat sandy plain with dry and wet short-turf grasslands above impermeable rock.

Did You Know?

Machair is more than a habitat; more than just plants, birds, and sandy soil: it is a blend of low-lying coastline, sand partly consisting of shell fragments, the effects of strong winds combined with just the right amount of rainfall and, most crucially, the involvement of people and their grazing animals. So unusual is the right combination of these features that machair is restricted world-wide to just the north-west of Scotland and the north-west of Ireland. Though machair is found in Orkney, Shetland, Lewis and Harris, many of the Inner Hebrides, and on a few mainland sites, there is no doubt that it is best developed in the Uists, Tiree, and on Barra.

Origin and Etymology of machair

Scottish Gaelic machair & Irish Gaelic machaire