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Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin May 2, 2012

Word of the Week: mortarboard (mawr-ter-bawrd, -bohrd), noun; 1. A board, usually square, used by masons to hold mortar. 2. A cap with a close-fitting crown surmounted by a stiff, flat, square piece...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin April 25, 2012

Word of the Week: garrulous (gar-uh-luhs, gar-yuh-luhs), adjective; 1. Excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, especially about trivial matters 2. Wordy or diffuse Did they seriously...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin April 11, 2012

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...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin April 4, 2012

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...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin March 28, 2012

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...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin February 22, 2012

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...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin February 1, 2012

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...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin January 25, 2012

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...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin November 2, 2011

Word of the Week: Woolgathering (WOOL-gath-(uh)-ring), adjective; 1. Indulgence in idle daydreaming.     Did they seriously just say that? "What’s Wal-Mart?  Do they sell, like...

Diane’s Distractions

Diane Gauvin October 26, 2011

Word of the Week: lummox(LUHM-uhks), noun; 1. A clumsy, stupid person.   Did they seriously just say that? "Oh, God, I struggle with low self-esteem all the time!  I think everyone does. I...

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber May 4, 2011

Word of the Week: Incredulous [in•cred•u•lous] adj.  1. Skeptical; disbelieving: incredulous of stories about flying saucers.  2. Expressive of disbelief: an incredulous stare.   Fact...

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber March 30, 2011

Word of the Week: pule (pyool) v.i. to whine or whimper. Fact of the week: Rhode Island is the smallest state with the longest name. The official name, used on all state documents, is “Rhode Island...

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber March 23, 2011

Word of the week: fug (fugg) n. an odorous emanation, especially, the stuffy atmosphere of a poorly ventilated space. adj. fuggy. v.i. to loll indoors in a stuffy atmosphere. v.t. to make fuggy.   Fact...

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber February 9, 2011

Word of the Week: weazen (wee’-zen) v.i. to shrink or shrivel, to cause to shrink. Fact of the week: There are more telephones than people in Washington, D.C.
 Did they seriously just say that?...

Courtney’s Weekly Words

Courtney Faber December 8, 2010

Word of the week: gat (gat) n. a natural or artificial channel or passage. [probably from Dutch, literally “hole,” akin to Old English geat “gate.”] Fact of the week: It would take 11 Empire...

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