Word For The Day 6-21-2017


jo·ba·tion \jōˈbāshən\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words


A scolding; a long tedious reproof.


When he had gone I gave Umslopogaas a jobation and told him that I was ashamed of his behaviour.
Allan Quatermain

It is difficult for me to justify to myself the violent jobation which my Father gave me in consequence of my scream, except by attributing to him something of the human weakness of vanity.
Father and Son: a study of two temperaments

Julian would gladly have fought it out with his imperative father; but, nevertheless, it was a comfort to have to fetch pale Charles for a jobation; so he went at once.
The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper

After all, there’s no place for a cock to fight on like his own dunghill; and there’s nothing able to carry a fellow well through a tough bit of jobation with a lawyer like a stiff tumbler of brandy punch.
The Kellys and the O’Kellys

Mr Green was presented, and ushered into the service much in the same way as I was; but he had not forgotten what I said to him relative to the first lieutenant; and it so happened that, on the third day he witnessed a jobation, delivered by the first lieutenant to one of the midshipmen, who, venturing to reply, was ordered to the mast-head for the remainder of the day; added to which, a few minutes afterwards, the first lieutenant ordered two men to be put both legs in irons.
Percival Keene

“I can understand, father,” answered Ida, struggling to keep her temper under this jobation, “that my refusal to marry Mr. Cossey is disagreeable to you for obvious reasons, though it is not so very long since you detested him yourself.”
Colonel Quaritch, V.C. A Tale of Country Life


jobe (to harangue or rebuke in a long-winded or drawn-out way)

-ation (an action or process)


Word Of The Day 6-17-2017





In the shape of a half-moon, i.e. semicircular.

A fortification constructed beyond the main ditch of a fortress, and in front of the curtain between two bastions, intended to defend the curtain; a ravelin.


He described it as a demilune—meaning half moon—gaming table.
Picky on Provenance

A refined demilune table wrapped in rope, a lampshade crafted from metal mesh, and a petrified log used as an accent table are all creative ways to incorporate texture into an interior.
Thom Filicia Style

The Iroquois respected their palisades and demi-lunes, and withdrew, after burning two Huron prisoners.
“Pioneers Of France In The New World” by Francis Parkman, Jr.

A general formed on the model of him who, not contented with assaulting a demi-lune, had taken une lune toute entiere.
“Dynevor Terrace (Vol. I)” by Charlotte M. Yonge

From that it sweeps out in a huge demi-lune of cliff, the outer cord being the east, the inner hugging the bluff.
“Lore of Proserpine” by Maurice Hewlett

After crossing into Floriana, we are still surrounded by a cordon of elaborate fortifications, demi-lunes, curtains, and ditches.
“The Story of Malta” by Maturin M. Ballou



French: half moon. See demi-, lune




Word For The Day 6-15-2017


be·grut·ten \bi-ˈgrə-tən\
Popularity: Bottom 10% of words


Showing the effects of much weeping; marred or swollen in face through sore or continued weeping.


When, therefore, she came on deck and found her own handmaid with her pretty little face swelled, or, as she expressed it, “begrutten,” and heard her express a wish that she had never left home, she lost command of herself — a loss that she always found it easy to come by — and, seizing Bertha by the shoulder, ordered her down into the cabin instantly.
The Norsemen in the West

She stood bravely beside her father, whose face was as begrutten as hers was serene, and those who put her through her catechism found to my mind but a good heart and tolerance where they sought treachery and rank heresy.
John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn

Why, your face is as much _begrutten_ as if you were a mere baby.
The Norsemen in the West


The word ‘begrutten’ comes from the prefix “be-” and the past participle of ‘greet’, “to weep”.


I Am Brave – 30 Day Challenge Day 7: 6-15-2017

I Am Heroic!


1. Raise your hands in the air.

2. Breathe into this power stance, own it.
3. Then audibly declare:
“I am the hero of my own story!”


If my life was a movie and it started today, what would the hero do?

What old routines and patterns would the hero break?

What new habits would the hero replace those old habits with?


What would I do if my life was a movie and it started today? I think the better question is ‘what would I do if my life started today.’

It is hard to think of myself as a hero. Many of the characters living with/in me are heroic, but would I be able to do the same things? It is safer to think I wouldn’t be a hero. Hero’s are expected to be heroic, to do the things we ‘normal’ folks are afraid to tackle. I am a ‘What-would-I-do-if hero.’ What would I do if I found an abandoned dog. Would I have the courage to run across lanes of traffic to save him? Someone beating their child? Gossip about somebody? Theft? Murder? Or something as ‘normal’ as rudeness. I think I know, but I don’t know for sure.

To read another post on this subject, you can go here: https://athling2001.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/am-i-ready-to-be-just-another-ordinary-hero/

Routines and habits are hard to break. Starting with the ‘What-would-I-do-if hero’ to the ‘I-can’t-do-it anti-hero,’ I want to change all those habits and fears clinging to my soul. Part of the problem is being bi-polar, or is that a way to excuse myself for not changing? I have survived so far. I can look back and see how I have changed and grown – and something not grown – over my lifetime. It’s hard, however, to look forward and see who I will be. Equally hard to judge who I want to be in the future.

I want to stop being afraid of can’t. I want to regain the knowledge ‘I can.’ I can do anything if I believe I can do it. Right? So why is it so hard to believe? I am free of the ‘You-can’t-trust-people-of-my-past,’so how do I break the chains they still have wound around me? I come back to living day by day, minute by minute. I am getting better at this, constantly challenging myself to move beyond my comfort borders. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, sometimes I fall prey to fear at the last moment.

I look back at some of the things I’ve done in my life and realized how heroic those things were at the time. I didn’t realize it then, of course, not in the terror of the moment, but now those moments are clearer. And in those moments, I see the person I want to be all the time. A see an honest, understanding, brave person who sometimes loses her way and is afraid.

It’s like having two personalities at the same time. One is the ‘normal’ me and the other is the ‘brave’ me. If I can change one thing in my life, it will be to become the brave me, the unafraid me, the hero in my own life each and every moment of my life.

“If you are not the hero of your own story, then you’re missing the whole point of your humanity.”



Word Of The Day 6-13-2017


mor·tif·er·ous \(ˈ)mȯ(r)¦tif(ə)rəs\
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words


Bringing or producing death; deadly; fatal; destructive.


In very short time after, those two infected parts were growne mortiferous, and would disperse abroad indifferently, to all parts of the body; whereupon, such was the quality of the disease, to shew it selfe by blacke or blew spottes, which would appeare on the armes of many, others on their thighes, and every part else of the body: in some great and few, in others small and thicke.
The Decameron

They have many sacred implements or relics, which are for the most part carefully kept concealed from the eyes of all, but especially from the women, such as, pieces of rock crystal, said to have been extracted by them from individuals who were suffering under the withering influence of some hostile sorcerers; the pringurru, a sacred piece of bone (used sometimes for bleeding), etc. The latter, if burned to ashes in the fire, possesses mortiferous influence over enemies.
An account of the manners and customs of the Aborigines and the state of their relations with Europeans, by Edward John Eyre


Latin mortifer, mortiferus, from morti- (from mort-, mors death) + -fer, -ferus -fer, -ferous


Word Of The Day 6-9-2017




the attempt by a horse to throw its rider. (This was the most used meaning.)

a torture or punishment technique where the victim is tied at a pole which is dropped from a considerable height to just above the soil; aboard a vessel, the victim is dipped into the sea

a gymnastic move


Though the first meaning seems to be the most common, all the examples I found were for estrapade as a method of torture. That, a place-name or, in one instance, the name of a Thoroughbred.

Where are the defenestrations that shall break their bones, where is the estrapade that shall grind their joints? –The Shadow of the Torturer

It would take Sotillo a day to give me the estrapade, and try some other things perhaps, before he puts a bullet through my heart — as he did to that poor wretch here. —Nostromo, a Tale of the Seaboard


Word Of The Day 6-8-2017


hab·ile \ˈha-bəl, -ˌbī(-ə)l\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words


Able; apt; skilful; handy.


Here, he began to tuck in anew, aiding the slow work of his spoon with his more habile fingers.
Australia Felix

She watched his academic awkwardness in church with the inward tender smile of the eternal habile feminine, and when they met she could have laughed and wept over his straightened sentences and his difficult manner, knowing how little significant they were.
The Imperialist

“But on the contrary,” they should still have continued in communion with her, and subjection to her in matters lawful, in a way of testifying “against the same, and essaying their reformation, by all means that were habile for them.”
Act, Declaration, & Testimony for the Whole of our Covenanted Reformation, as Attained to, and Established in Britain and Ireland; Particularly Betwixt the Years 1638 and 1649, Inclusive

Her Majesty used in days gone by to be habile enough at the performance of this imperative duty laid upon Royalty of singling out persons for recognition.
Faces and Places

In this way statecraft will become necessary to them; and by degrees their ministers will become habile, graceful, adroit, and perhaps crafty, as are the ministers of other nations.
North America


Late Middle English: variant of able. The spelling change in the 16th and 17th centuries was due to association with French habile and Latin habilis.