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Old Word Friday: Senticous

Hello World Out There World!

All right, so this week is on OWF we aren’t going to be focusing on a forgotten word. This week I thought I would share with you a old word from my favourites list that I’ve used in regular conversation, and in turn have heard this word spoken by others familiar with it. So, with that said this week’s word is senticous, which is an adjective (a describing word) that was created around the 1650’s. The word senticous means ‘prickly or thorny’.

How do you pronounce senticous?

SENT – EI – CUS

Examples of using senticous in a sentence:

There is an senticous rose bush behind my house.

Or…

The old man across the street is known to be senticous.

Or…

I went to the grocery store and decided I wanted to buy a senticous pear.

Should we use this word more frequently?

Yes, I love this word. How it sounds and what it means come together in perfect unity. I have used this word while I’m gardening, or when I wish to insult someone for having a senticous personality. It is a fancy words… but for whatever reason it makes me feel good whenever I speak it. I want it to be used more frequently just so more people will know what I’m saying. ^.^

Thinking Thursdays: What’s my goal?

Hi ya’ll!

When it comes to writing we usually have a goal in mind. We want to be signed on with a big publishing company, we want to self-publish, we what to speak at conferences, or we want to build a supportive online community. Whatever your goal is the main point is you have a goal.

At the start of this journey I had no idea where I was going to end up but I did have a set of goals I wanted to reach. I wanted to grow my followers on my blog, I wanted to self-publish my first book in under a year, and I wanted to sell at least 100 copies of my first book. With the help of all of you I was able to reach these goals and in turn exceed them.

Now, as I approach the release date of Children of Sirphan (Dec 20th, 2016) I am reviewing the goals I set.

  1. Finish my second book
  2. Sell 200 copies
  3. Grow my followers on my blog more
  4. Take on a new challenge
  5. Create a professional author’s site

Well, I have finished book 2 and it awaits to be published and at the moment I can’t sell any of my books because they have not been released. I have also been growing my followers – where I’m almost at 700 which is fracking amazing – thank you, everyone!!

As for the challenge I have one idea up my sleeve. One is trying to get my YouTube channel up and running but it is figuring out what I want to talk about that’s the problem. I’m open to any suggestions if you have any. Type them in the comments down below!

I was able to create a author site though, and I have to say I’m quite proud of it. My favourite part is the header randomizes each time you reload a page. It’s the small details that really get me. You’re welcome to check it out if you wish, the link is right HERE.

It looks like I’ll have to make more goals for 2017… but right now I just need to focus on getting everything ready for Christmas.

Now, I pass the questions onto you. What are your goals for the New Year? Did you reach the goals you set for this year? Tell me in the comment section down below.

Until next time stay safe, be creative and as always toodles!

Old Word Friday: Labascate

Hello World Out There World!

Old Word Friday is brought to you by LABASCATE. Don’t just fall like any regular pleb – labascate instead. 🙂

Pronouncing this weeks word:

LAB – A – SKATE

 

All right, so this weeks word is a verb and was believed to be used mostly around 1727. It didn’t gain in any popularity and quickly became unpopular around the same time.

Here are some ways to use this word in a sentence:

The dog labascated down the stairs.

Or…

In the winter we love to labascate down the hill in the backyard.

Or…

I’m afraid the car will labascate in these road conditions.

The word labascate means to “start falling or sliding”. I honestly think it would be easier to say fall or slide instead of an elaborate word like labascate but some people like to use fancy words like that. This word would work best with a intellectual character like Sherlock Holmes or for a time period set between the end of the Renaissance to the middle of the Victorian era. Really it is up to you if you want to use this word or not, but it does sound sophisticated.

 

Educate Outside The School

Hello World Out There World!

I believe strongly in this quote.

Most of the lessons I value to this day weren’t taught in a classroom. If all a child has is classroom knowledge and they don’t have the chance to explore, expand, or make mistakes they won’t grow. It is through exploring outside their comfort zones and learning from mistakes that shape them into the adults they will eventually become.

Some of my most important lessons were from making mistakes. Some experiences scared the heck out of me, while others were just a gentle reminder of what I should try to do the next time. My education outside of the classroom helped me become independent and confident in myself, so much so I ended up going 18 hours away from everything I knew for school because I knew I could handle it. If I never took those chances as a kid, or wasn’t allowed to make those mistakes, I wouldn’t have been brave enough to spread my wings.

Learning from others and the environment around you will prepare you for the world. Education in the classroom isn’t useless – that isn’t what I’m saying. Too much of one thing isn’t good and finding a balance between classroom education and world education is a great way to make sure kids become well rounded adults.

This of course is just my opinion. I’d love to hear what you think of this quote? Do you agree or disagree with this point? Let me know in the comments down below and until next time – toodles!! (^.^)

When In Time Would You Stop Understanding English?

This week for some reason seems to have a lot of videos that peak my interest… which doesn’t happen very often. With that said, I want to share with you a video about the English Language.

Some of you know that my education back is a BA in English and BEd, so when I find interesting videos that teach the history of the English Language I usually archive them for future use. With the research I’ve done and the love I have for medieval literature my understanding would stop around the 1500’s because after this time period we get more into Latin based English… which in no way would I begin to try and comprehend that…

I love English and its complexity but I also love the history behind the language. This video touches upon both these topics and handles explaining the changes incredibly well. If you are an English teacher or someone passionate about the English language this is a video you should watch:

Wonderful Word Wednesday: Stalwart

stalwart

When I hear the word stalwart, the first thing that comes to mind is a stall – as in stopping something – and wart – smooth growths of skin normally found on a witch’s nose. Together stalwart makes me think it means stalling the growth of a wart… but in no way is that the actual meaning.

Stalwart actually means: a loyal, reliable, and hardworking supporter or participant in an organization or team (Thanks Google).

That’s why I had to share this word today on WWW because of how two words meaning completely different things can be put together to make a word that means something completely different. This is why I love the English language. XD

Stalwart used in a sentence:

The band was surrounded by their stalwart fans.

Or…

The farmer carried a sack of potatoes on his stalwart shoulders.

Old Word Friday: Throttlebottom

 

Firstly, no, I did not make that word up.

Secondly, yes, it is actually a real word that has a real meaning.

Throttlebottom is a name given to a dishonest public official.

The word became popular around the 1930s after a character (Adam Throttlebottom) from the play Of Thee I Sing.

Examples:

People say that Mayor Quimby of Springfield is a real throttlebottom.

Or…

His actions regarding the murder showed use he was a throttlebottom.

Old Word Friday: Chasmophile

 

Here’s a fun word that I didn’t have until I came across it the other day trying to explain the habit one of my character’s have. They are a young child that loves to hid in the tightest spaces possible. They love nooks and crannies, sometimes getting stuck where they need my main character or one of their parents to get them out.

People like this character is easily described as a chasmophile, which literally means what I put above. Sure it isn’t one of those fun words to say, but when I believe there is a word for everything I’m right.

An example of this would be:

Druce – a troublesome boy as he was – loved hiding in the tight nooks within the castle. Sometimes hours would pass and no one would know where he was hiding until a servant or possibly his mother would hear him calling out for help. No one knew why he had such a fascination for small, tight, awkward spaces, but Liora knew one thing. The boy was a chasmophile, that’s for sure.

Wondrous Word Sunday: Woebegone

 

Since people have enjoyed my old word friday posts so much, I thought I’d start something new. On Sunday I will try and post a word I like, or believe we should use more of in writing because of how beautiful is sounds.

I consider myself a word collectors in the fact that words can be used to express emotion, transport a person to another world, convience someone of your ideas, and even motivate people to do the right/ wrong thing. Knowing words and knowing how to use them can be a greater weapon than any sword.

So, without further delay I’ll give you the first Wondrous Word Sunday.

WOEBEGONE

This word is means to be sorrowful, downcast, sad or miserable in appearance.

For Example:

Beth has always had a woebegone look across her face.

Or…

My parents made it clear through their woebegone expressions that I had done something wrong.

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