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Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

April 18, 2012

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Word of the Week: cumshaw (KUHM-shaw), noun; 1. A present; gratuity; tip. Did they seriously just say that? "Trees cause more pollution that automobiles do." - Ronald Reagan Weekly Thought: "The roots of education ...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

April 11, 2012

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Word of the Week: zeitgeber (TSAHYT-gey-ber), noun; 1. An environmental cue, as the length of daylight, that helps to regulate the cycles of an organism’s biological clock. Did they seriously just say that? "I guess...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

April 4, 2012

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Word of the Week: eudemonia (yoo-di-MOH-nee-uh), noun; 1. Happiness, well-being. Did they seriously just say that? "Life is hard; it’s harder if you’re stupid." - John Wayne Weekly Thought: "You are never too old to s...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

March 28, 2012

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Word of the Week: selcouth (SEL-kooth), adjective;1. Strange, uncommon. Did they seriously just say that? "Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d lov...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

March 21, 2012

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Word of the Week: antipode (AN-ti-pohd), noun; 1. A direct or exact opposite. Did they seriously just say that? "It’s not true that I had nothing on.  I had the radio on." - Marilyn Monroe, when asked about a calendar s...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

February 29, 2012

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Word of the Week: mammonism (MAM-uh-niz-uhm), noun; 1. The greedy pursuit of riches. Did they seriously just say that? "I don’t know anything about music.  In my line you don’t have to." - Elvis Presley Weekly Th...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

February 22, 2012

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Word of the Week: apothegm (AP-uh-them), noun; 1. A short, witty, and instructive saying. Did they seriously just say that? "She can also shoot fireworks out of her boobs!" - Kate Beckinsale, while introducing Katy Perr...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

February 8, 2012

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Word of the Week: idoneous (ahy-DOH-nee-uhs), adjective; 1. Appropriate; fit; suitable; apt. Did they seriously just say that? "I’m not that good-looking.  I think I’m a pretty weird-looking guy." - Ryan Gosling Weekl...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

February 1, 2012

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Word of the Week: slimsy (SLIM-zee), adjective; 1. Flimsy; frail. Did they seriously just say that? "I don’t understand what I did wrong except live a life that everyone is jealous of." - Charlie Sheen Weekly Thought: "It al...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

January 25, 2012

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Word of the Week: persnickety (per-SNIK-I-tee), adjective; 1. Over particular; fussy. 2. Snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob. 3. Requiring painstaking care.   Did they seriously just say that? "The Golden ...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

December 14, 2011

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Word of the Week: bobbery (BOB-uh-ree), noun;1. A disturbance or a brawl.   Did they seriously just say that? "I once had a rose named after me, and I was very flattered.  But I was not pleased to read the description...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

December 7, 2011

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  Word of the Week:   stertor (STUR-ter), noun;1. A heavy snoring sound.     Did they seriously just say that?   "Some people say that I must be a terrible person, but it’s not true.  I have the hea...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

November 30, 2011

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Word of the Week: bibliophate (BIB-lee-uh-feyj), noun; 1. An ardent reader; a bookworm.   Did they seriously just say that? "He speaks English, Spanish, and he’s bilingual too." - Don King Weekly Thought: "I am not afraid of sto...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

November 16, 2011

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Word of the Week:  lucubrate (LOO-kyoo-breyt), verb; 1. To work, write, or study laboriously, especially at night. 2. To write learnedly.   Did they seriously just say that? "I do not like this word ‘bomb.’  It i...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin

November 9, 2011

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Word of the Week: nyctophobia (nik-tuh-FOH-bee-uh), noun; 1. An abnormal fear of night or darkness.   Did they seriously just say that? "Fiction writing is great.  You can make up almost anything." - Ivana Tru...

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