hollybrooke: (Seth!)
Anyone else hear the news that he's going to be responsible for a "Flintstones" reboot? I hope Seth makes this dirty. My childhood hasn't been raped enough as it is; I'm just going to lay back and enjoy it. ;)

In semi-related news (and you'll see how it's related; trust me), we got the new stove yesterday. Problem is, it was just delivered and not installed like Dad said it would be. And they took our old stove along with the nipple needed to install the new one. Dad comes home last night, sees the new stove just sitting there in the kitchen, not installed. He looks it over and he's all, "FUCK, they took the nipple with it. And the connection we need to hook the gas up. We have two females here, and you can't hook those up. You need a male to fit in both holes."

All I could say to that was "Giggity." Dad and Mom laughed. Then they asked me what the hell I meant by "giggity." (Because they don't watch "Family Guy," sadly.) That's when I realized that "giggity" needs to become a part of the American vernacular.
hollybrooke: (Archimedes!)
There was some argument over the word "aficionado" yesterday at work. Not really an argument, but Carol didn't think it was a real word. Or at least an English word. Matt and I were trying to convince her otherwise.

I sincerely hope that those of you who read this LJ know what "aficionado" means, or at least use the term from time to time. Nevertheless, here's the definition from http://www.dictionary.com :

[uh-fish-yuh-nah-doh; Sp. ah-fee-thyaw-nah-thaw, ah-fee-syaw-]
–noun, plural -dos  [-dohz; Sp. -thaws]
an ardent devotee; fan, enthusiast.
Also, afficionado.

1835–45; < Sp: lit., amateur, ptp. in -ado -ate 1 of aficionar "to engender affection," equiv. to afición "affection" 1 + -ar inf. suffix

For example, "Matt McCoy, being an avid musician and lead singer of Dramatic Visions is a music aficionado."

Carol was partly right, it isn't an English word, but we do use it in the English language. Really, just about everything in the American English language derives from some other language. We're a big vocabulary melting pot, or "language thieves" as I like to call it.
hollybrooke: (English major BS)
frisson \free-SOHN\, noun:

A moment of intense excitement; a shudder; an emotional thrill.

"When we think a story hasn't been invented, there's an extra frisson in reading it.
-- "Too true", Independent, April 12, 1998

"When we stopped in traffic at the Plaza de la Cibeles on the Paseo del Prado, where a grandiose 18th-century statue of the goddess of fertility poised on a chariot seemed to be waiting for the light to change, a little frisson of pleasure jolted through me, because this part of Madrid reminded me of Paris."
-- "Counting Pesetas in Madrid", New York Times, March 17, 1996

Frisson comes from the French, from Old French friçon, "a trembling," ultimately from Latin frigere, "to be cold."
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In an effort to expand my vocabulary (and yours, too---you people who read this blog), and because of something Matt said at work....Word of the Day.

elucidate \ih-LOO-si-dayt\, transitive verb:

To make clear or manifest; to render more intelligible; to illustrate; as, an example will elucidate the subject.

Beginning our journey into the past, we will now examine plant and animal clues in amber to elucidate the mysteries of the forest that was the home of our bee.
-- George Poinar Jr. and Roberta Poinar, The Amber Forest :A Reconstruction of a Vanished World

Elucidate comes from Late Latin elucidare, to clear up, from ex-, e-, out of + lucidus, bright, from lux, luc- light. Hence to elucidate is to bring the inner light out of an obscure subject. One who elucidates is an elucidator; that which tends to elucidate is elucidative; the act of elucidating, or that which elucidates, is an elucidation.


In other news....okay, I set my alarm clock to 5 AM this morning with the intent of waking up and getting ready for work because I was opening the service center again this morning. HA! Good one! My alarm clock didn't go off, and I was damn lucky I woke up at 6:20 AM, leaving me only ten minutes to get up, get some clothes on, wash my face/brush my teeth, brush hair and throw back in a ponytail and get on the road to work. (It takes about a half hour for me to get to work.) NO breakfast, NO makeup....just had to hustle. Ugh.

The rest of the day wasn't so bad, really. No problem customers. Leslie's back (YAY!). After work, I stopped by WalMart to see Kevin, but he was nowhere to be found! Left him little love note in his car windshield anyway.

*tangent* I'm coming down with a cold. Hopefully it won't be as bad by tomorrow. It's my day off, and Kevin and I might do something. If anything, we'll just hang out, if this hasn't developed into a full-blown cold. UGH.
hollybrooke: (i'm awesome!)
Word of the Day for Monday, May 14, 2007
internecine \in-tuhr-NES-een; -NEE-syn; -NEE-sin\, adjective:

1. Of or relating to conflict within a nation, an organization, or a group.
2. Mutually destructive; involving or accompanied by mutual slaughter.
3. Deadly; destructive; marked by slaughter.

"It was directed locally and regionally by mid-level party bosses . . . who were likely to be engaged in internecine feuding."
-- Michael H. Kater, The Twisted Muse

"During the months of war and the internecine street fighting, coal and wood supplies ran out and houses went unheated."
-- Edmund White, Marcel Proust

Internecine is from Latin internecinus, from internecare, "to destroy utterly, to exterminate," from inter- + necare, "to kill," from nec-, nex, "violent death."
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Word of the Day for Sunday, September 24, 2006

vertiginous \vur-TIJ-uh-nuhs\, adjective:

1. Affected with vertigo; giddy; dizzy.
2. Causing or tending to cause dizziness.
3. Turning round; whirling; revolving.
4. Inclined to change quickly or frequently; inconstant.

"But up close the building is impossibly steep, vertiginous, hostile."
-- Neil Baldwln, Legends of the Plumed Serpent

"He did us no good when, without permission, he entered Tibetan air space and flew up over central China, explaining that it was impossible to comply with the authorities' instructions to land because of the vertiginous mountain terrain."
-- Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones, Around the World in 20 Days

Vertiginous derives from Latin vertigo, "a turning round, a whirling round; giddiness," from vertere, "to turn." Related words include reverse, "to turn back (re-) or around"; subvert, "to undermine" (from sub-, "under" + vertere -- at root "to turn from under, to overturn"); and versus, "against" (from versus, "turned towards," hence "facing, opposed," from the past participle of vertere).
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Word of the Day for Friday, September 22, 2006
opprobrium \uh-PRO-bree-uhm\, noun:

1. Disgrace; infamy; reproach mingled with contempt.
2. A cause or object of reproach or disgrace.

"Typically academic, they disdainfully observed about many university press books--"too dry, too specialized, too self-absorbed for us." In their world, the word 'academic' was as much a term of opprobrium as the word 'middlebrow' was in mine."
-- Janice A. Radway, A Feeling for Books

"Five months after Malaysia incurred global opprobrium by closing off its currency and capital markets, its officials are in no mood to apologize."
-- Mark Landler, "Malaysia Says Its Much-Criticized Financial Strategy Has Worked", New York Times, February 14, 1999

In other news, I finally saw Weird Al's new video on VH1 this morning.
All I can say is....Al's back!!!
hollybrooke: (special day/homer)
Word of the Day for Thursday, July 6, 2006
hubris\HYOO-bruhs\, noun:
Overbearing pride or presumption.

During his long tenure in the financial world, Friedman has watched dozens of his competitors' businesses killed by hubris born of success rather than by unsound business decisions or adverse market conditions.
-- Lisa Endlich, Goldman Sachs: The Culture of Success

This is the actor's hubris, to imagine the world possessed of a single, avid eye fixed solely and always on him.
-- John Banville, Eclipse


Hubris comes from Greek hybris, "excessive pride, wanton violence."
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Word of the Day for Wednesday March 29, 2006

invidious \in-VID-ee-uhs\, adjective:
1. Tending to provoke envy, resentment, or ill will.
2. Containing or implying a slight.
3. Envious.

But to the human hordes of Amorites--Semitic nomads wandering the mountains and deserts just beyond the pale of Sumer--the tiered and clustered cities, strung out along the green banks of the meandering Euphrates like a giant's necklace of polished stone, seemed shining things, each surmounted by a wondrous temple and ziggurat dedicated to the city's god-protector, each city noted for some specialty--all invidious reminders of what the nomads did not possess.
-- Thomas Cahill, [1]The Gifts of the Jews

The lover's obsessiveness may also take the form of invidious comparisons between himself, or herself, and the rival.
-- Ethel S. Person, "Love Triangles," [3]The Atlantic,
February 1988


Invidious is from Latin invidiosus, "envious, hateful, causing hate or ill-feeling," from invidia, "envy," from invidere, "to look upon with the evil eye, to look maliciously upon, to envy," from in-, "upon" + videre, "to look at, to see."


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