Thursday’s Word [Week 13]

And, week 13 has arrived! It’s been forever since I’ve down one of these posts, but hey, in keeping with the flurry of activity I had Tuesday, I should probably do another one right? =P Don’t worry, the fourth chapter of Taker is coming soon, I just need to finish it up. 

Week: 13
Word: Commiserate
Definition: “to express sadness or sympathy for someone who has experienced something unpleasant.” (Mirriam Webster)
Backstory: This is a word that I’ve seen all over the place in books, and I never quite knew its meaning, and when I finally happened upon it on, I realized that I had an entirely wrong meaning to it, so there you go. =P
Rank: 56,686*


You know something that always surprises me? How much more familiar I am with archaic words than I am with more “modern” words. I guess it goes to show the influences of reading historical fiction written by authors in the 1800s. XD

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*Note about rankings. They are taken from Wordcount. The larger the number, the more rarely the word has been used.


Thursday’s Word [Week 12]

And, week 12 has arrived! Well, it’s not technically the twelfth week of this series, but hey, it’s free education. You can’t complain if I miss a few lessons. XP Anyway, this week we learn the educated way to denigrate your fellow man. =P

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Thursday’s Word [Week 11]

Okay, here’s week 11 with honestly, to me anyway, a very, very, foreign-looking word. Apparently it means something very simple though. Also, I added a new ranking thing which will show you guys how rare a word is, and how smart you are if you know it. Anyway, that’s it. Enjoy! 🙂

Week: 11
Word: Amanuensis
Definition: “a literary or artistic assistant, in particular one who takes dictation or copies manuscripts.” (New Oxford American Dictionary)
Backstory: This came from (of course), and I picked it because it looked cool and I had no idea what it meant when I first saw it. There is also the added bonus that it sounds cool and looks impressive when you know both how to spell it and what it means.
Rank: 62247*

Old medieval guy with a pen XP

Old medieval guy with a pen XP

So that was amanuensis. If you guys knew the word beforehand, good for you, you’re smart. If not, well then now you’re smarter. Congratulations.

Tours yruly

*Note about rankings. They are taken from Wordcount. The larger the number, the more rarely the word has been used.

Thursday’s Word [Week 10]

And here we are FINALLY (XD) with the tenth installment of this series. Finally at two digits. That’s nice. If you’re wondering what in the world happened to me, you can take a look at this post here, and the one that it will eventually link to. =P I’ve also been using a lot of emphasis in this blurb. Anyway, let’s get to the word. XP

Week: 10
Word: Rolodex
Definition: “a desktop card index used to record names, addresses, and telephone numbers, in the form of a rotating spindle or a small tray to which removable cards are attached; a person’s list of business contacts and friends.” (New Oxford American Dictionary)
Backstory: I honestly kind of feel that this is more of an embarrassment to me than an actual educational/helpful post, since I realized that while I had no clue what rolodex means, a bunch of other people do, and after looking up its meaning in the dictionary, I realized it’s North American, which might be why I had no clue what it meant. So, probably all you Americans will get it, but maybe you won’t, I don’t know. Also, since this is the backstory section, I actually had this word mentioned by artist Mark Crilley in a video on his Youtube channel. He actually does some pretty cool stuff, so check him out if you want.

Ohh.... Now that I've seen it... I never realized This was a rolodex XP

Ohh…. Now that I’ve seen it… I never realized this was called a rolodex XP

Yeah. Now that I’ve seen the pictures… You guys are totally all gonna know this word, and I’ll truly have showed my ignorance. XP (I should really do my research before I make these posts…)

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Thursday’s Word [Week 9]

And we get another word from We’re just one away now from two digits. XP Sorry this didn’t come out punctually on time at 00:00 on Thursday PST, but as you’ll see in the backstory, I didn’t have it prepared. I hope you guys will get some use out of this one, because it’s not too obscure, right? Maybe I’m getting addled with all these odd words. XD

Week: 9
Word: Argyle
Definition: “a pattern composed of diamonds of various colors on a plain background, used in knitted garments such as sweaters and socks; a sock with an argyle pattern.” (New Oxford American Dictionary)
Backstory: Now my bias for shows. XP It’s just ’cause I use it so much. Actually, to be honest, I haven’t used in a while, and I went on there for the sake of finding a word for today. *gasp* I know. How horrible of me, right? Yep. Sorry guys. XP

Blue and green. Pretty colors. :)

Blue and green. Pretty colors. 🙂

I don’t know that I will need to use this word, since I don’t really have a lot of stuff with characters with fancy clothes. In fact, the only possible story I might use this in is Right Behind You, but I don’t think argyle is exactly Samuel’s style. =P

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Thursday’s Word [Week 8]

We’re coming close to two digits for this series! So cool. Anyway, this week I bring you another word from probably a very familiar source, especially on my blog, and if it isn’t familiar, you should probably make yourself familiar with it because it is very good for new words. Enjoy! And I hope you learn something.

Week: 8
Word: Lapidary
Definition: “(of language) Engraved on or suitable for engraving on stone and therefore elegant and concise; of or relating to stone and gems and the work involved in engraving, cutting, or polishing; a person who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems.” (New Oxford American Dictionary)
Backstory: Alright, this is another word from I promise you I’m not sponsored. XP Anyway, I figured it was cool because I didn’t know what a person who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems was called, and then I looked it up in the dictionary and it even has meaning related to elegant and concise language? Way cool.

Is it just me? Or do you guys also love the look of cut gemstones?

Is it just me? Or do you guys also love the look of cut gemstones?

So, I don’t know how much I’ll use this word, ’cause it’s pretty obscure, and I’m probably gonna forget it soon, but we’ll see. Maybe when I have a jeweler in one of my stories I’ll use it. =P

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