A-Z Challenge 2015!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Pettifoggery

Hello again, fellow A to Z travelers and other cyberspace wanderers. This month we're working our way through the alphabet to find words that you might not often see but are part of our beautiful language. Today's word is

19th-century pettifoggery: Each assigns blame to
someone else, and each is right.
Pettifoggery
This is bickering over unimportant matters. It's not a word I knew as a lad, but my brothers and I engaged in lots of it. Whose turn was it to wash the dishes? That was a perennial favorite source of pettifoggery in my household.

If you'd be so kind as to leave a comment, I will reciprocate.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Osculate

This month brings the A to Z Challenge, which I choose to meet with a series of words that thus far may have escaped your attention, sometimes deservedly so. Today's word has two meanings.


Superman gets lucky
Osculate
To kiss, as we see the blue-haired superheroes doing at our left. Can we assume this is going on somewhere romantic, like in a telephone booth or in the supply closet at the Daily Planet?

But osculate has a more arcane, less titillating meaning. In mathematics, it means for two lines to intersect at a single point, per the illustration below. (Yawn. Bo-o-o-oring!)
Mathematical osculation

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Natatorium

This month brings the A to Z Challenge, which I choose to meet with a series of words that thus far may have escaped your attention, sometimes deservedly so. Today's word is

Photo from
http://www.pemsurface.com/us-swimming-nationals.html

Natatorium
A swimming pool.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Mellivorous

This month brings the A to Z Challenge, which I choose to meet with a series of words that thus far may have escaped your attention, sometimes deservedly so. Today's word is

Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris),
Female on Common Heath (
Epacris impressa),
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Tasmania, Australia
(Photo by JJ Harrison via Wikipedia_
Mellivorous
This means honey-eating, such as bears, honey badgers, and hummingbirds.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Luminaria

This month brings the A to Z Challenge, which I choose to meet with a series of words that thus far may have escaped your attention -- or not, if you live in New Mexico or have traveled South of the Border.

Luminaria
This is a light, typically a candle, inside a paper bag. It's used as an outdoor Christmas decoration in Mexico and parts of the Southwest. Travel north to Santa Fe, and you'll hear it called a farolito, or little lantern.

Monday, April 13, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Kachina

This month brings the A to Z Challenge, which I choose to meet with a series of words that thus far may have escaped your attention. Today's word is

Kachina
If you live in the Southwestern US, you know this word. A kachina is a Pueblo religious spirit.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

A to Z Challenge: Jolly boat

This month brings the A to Z Challenge, which I choose to meet with a series of words that thus far may have escaped your attention, sometimes deservedly so. Today's word is (all right, today's words are)

Jolly boat
Back in the days of sailing ships, a boat used to ferry people ashore from a ship.