Word of the day: schism

SCHISM This is another one of those words that just jumps into your head and stays there for the rest of the day. I don’t understand. According to Merriam-Webster, “schism” means a division or separation. I’ve heard the term used in religious context before so I went to the Catholic Encyclopedia online to find outContinue reading “Word of the day: schism”

Word of the Day: benevolent

BENEVOLENT Something about today made me want to help others. Maybe it was when Pete woke up with the stomach flu. I bought him ginger ale, made him soup, disinfected the bathroom and washed his roommates’ dishes. On the way back from class, I picked up a student from the trail and drove her home.Continue reading “Word of the Day: benevolent”

Word of the Day: infallible

INFALLIBLE I was productive at the library today. I read for Natty and wrote an emergency blog post, just in case I don’t have time to write one day. I read that some people think science is infallible, but that’s not true. Infallible means the the inability to err. Since science is constantly changing, weContinue reading “Word of the Day: infallible”

Word of the day: ubiquitous

UBIQUITOUS I am so happy about my class schedule this semester. I’m taking interesting courses and don’t have classes on Monday or Friday. My courses are Inquiry in the Natural World; Broadcast Reporting; Concert Band; Piano; Internship; Sex, Relationships and the Reproductive System; and Desktop Publishing. I’m excited about Broadcast Reporting even though I didn’tContinue reading “Word of the day: ubiquitous”

Word of the day: acquiesce

ACQUIESCE Today was eventful, to say the least. I had to work, went to my first Sex, Relationships and Reproductive Systems class, got my car back from the shop, had a piano lesson, made dinner and watched the Bonnies game with the rest of the student body. That said, I didn’t really have the timeContinue reading “Word of the day: acquiesce”

Word of the day: somber

SOMBER Do you ever pass over a word several times but the meaning of it remains unknown? I do! I always knew that “somber” meant “sad,” but I never fully investigated its definition. Pete had me proofread a music review of his when I came across this word. “Somber folk,” he wrote. “Somber” means darkContinue reading “Word of the day: somber”

Word of the day: abut

ABUT This word is also courtesy of Berstein’s book. ┬áCan you tell I’m still at the beginning? “Abut” is a funny word. For me. It means bordering or touching. The journalism and business offices abut on the second floor of Murphy. This post is short. Again. I’m very sorry. I have my first class tomorrowContinue reading “Word of the day: abut”

Word of the day: abjure vs. adjure

ABJURE vs. ADJURE In “The Careful Writer,” Theodore Bernstein discusses the difference between similar sounding words. But I don’t even recognize some of the words he writes about! When I came across “abjure, adjure,” I read the entry and then discovered the definitions. Abjure means to renounce. Adjure means to command. A fun mnemonic deviceContinue reading “Word of the day: abjure vs. adjure”

Word of the day: abhorrence

ABHORRENCE I’m in such a lousy mood. It’s the weekend. School starts Monday. You’d think I’d be enthusiastic? But I’ll spare you my personal issues and just tell you that I need to find a way to make my life interesting. It’s like I’m going through a mid-life crisis! I abhor it. “Abhor” means strongContinue reading “Word of the day: abhorrence”

Word of the day: meme

MEME Does anyone know what this word means? It’s such a hard concept to grasp. I read the introduction of a Wikipedia entry on it and I got confused so I stopped. I read about Internet memes, which I think I understand. And I found a useful definition at Dictionary.com. – “a cultural item thatContinue reading “Word of the day: meme”