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Wordy nerdy

Posted in Journal, Notes, Wonderful Words, Writing on 30/03/2017 by Jen Healey

Hello there patient reader!  How have you been?  Good I hope.

Well, it’s been a very long time since I wrote here, I’ve missed it.  I have however done a little blogging lately, which can be found here.  But if you don’t have time to look at that right now, it begins with me stating that I’m easing myself back into writing gently.  Although, it would appear that the words are flowing swiftly and easily at the present moment in time, happily.  This is a good thing, as I have many projects that have been shamefully neglected for a rather excessive, yet necessary amount of time.  Sometimes things are unavoidable.

That being said, I think phase two in my return to writing should be nurturing my love of the wonder of words.  So a little wordy nerdy business…

  • vulpine: 1. of or resembling a fox.  2. cunning or crafty.
  • coze: noun 1. a friendly talk. verb 1. to converse in a friendly way; chat.
  • mumpsimus: noun 1. adherence to or persistence in an erroneous use of language, memorization, practice, belief, etc., out of habit or obstinacy (opposed to sumpsimus).  2. a person who persists in a mistaken expression or practice (opposed to sumpsimus).
  • orogeny: noun 1. Geology.  the process of mountain making or upheaval.  Also called orogenesis (am I the only one who thinks this is a massive innuendo??!)
  • throttlebottom: noun 1. (sometimes lowercase) a harmless incompetent in public office.
  • ort: noun 1. a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.  Usually, orts.
  • anthophilous: adjective 1. attracted by or living among flowers.  (are we on the right blog?) 2. feeding on flowers, as certain insects.  Also, anthophagous.
  • vaunting: adjective 1. having a boastfully proud disposition; a vaunting dictator.  2. marked by  boastful pride; a vaunting air of superiority.
  • smaragdine: adjective 1. emerald-green in colour.  2. of or relating to emeralds.
  • code-switching: noun 1. the modifying of one’s behaviour, appearance, etc., to adapt to different sociocultural norms: For many female Muslim students, code-switching from their home environment to that of school requires forgoing the hijab.  2. Linguistics. the alternating or mixed use of two or more languages, especially within the same discourse: My grandma’s code-switching when we cook together reminds me of my family’s origins.  Bilingual students are discouraged from code-switching during class.  

These words and definitions come from here.

That’s enough for today, but this was fun.


Posted in Journal, Mental Morsels, Musings, Philosophy, Wonderful Words with tags , on 07/05/2013 by Jen Healey

That is definitely a meaty word for today.  Yes, I’m still immersing myself in philosophy, it opens so many doors and avenues of thought and research.  I can see why such postulating and theorising can take a lifetime of work.  Absorbing.

But, back to the word of my day – Solipsism.  Whoa!  I think I’ll leave it to the wonder that is Wikipedia to provide the definition – here. 

Any thoughts?




Tenebrous today

Posted in Wonderful Words with tags , on 30/04/2013 by Jen Healey

Wonderful wordy nerdy time!!

  • Tenebrous:  1: shut off from the light: dark or murky  2: hard to understand: obscure  3: causing gloom
  • Captious:  1: marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections (we all know at least one person like that)  2: calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument (ditto)
  • Pleiad:  a group of usually seven illustrious or brilliant persons or things
  • Anent:  about or concerning
  • Bloviate:  to speak or write verbosely and windily
  • Deglutition:  the act or process of swallowing
  • Demagogue:  a leader who appeals to people’s emotions and prejudices in order to gain power
  • Ostensible:  1: intended for display : open to view  2: being such in appearance : plausible rather than demonstrably true or real
  • Mordacious:  (a personal favourite)  1: biting or given to biting  2: biting or sharp in manner or style : caustic
  • Pilgarlic:  (tee hee)  1a: a bald head  b: a bald-headed man  2: a man looked upon with humorous contempt or mock pity
  • Ubiquitous:  existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread
  • Cavil:  to raise trivial and frivolous objection
  • Velleity:  1: the lowest degree of volition  2: a slight wish or tendency : inclination
  • Sisyphean:  of, or relating to, or suggestive of the labours of Sisyphus (hahaha – I’m such a child!) ; specifically : requiring continual and often ineffective effort (we’re back to housework!)
  • Cozen:  1: to deceive, win over, or induce to do something by artful coaxing and wheedling or shrewd trickery  2: to gain by artful coaxing or tricky deception

Shall I stop there…?  Nope, not today, here’s some more –

  • Nocebo:  a harmless substance that when taken by a patient is associated with harmful effects due to negative expectations or the psychological condition of the patient (apparently) 
  • Lachrymose:  (ohhhhh, love that one!)  1: given to tears or weeping : tearful  2: tending to cause tears : mournful
  • Impeturbable:  1: marked by extreme calm, impassivity, and steadiness  2: serene
  • Fulgent:  dazzlingly bright : radiant
  • Obeisance:  1: a movement of the body made in token of respect or submission : bow  2: acknowledgement of another’s superiority or importance : homage
  • Rectitudinous:  (hahahahaha) 1: characterized by straightness or moral integrity  2: piously self-righteous
  • Crapulous:  (I’m sure I’ve blogged this one before, but I love it, and it is initially quite fitting that it follows the above word)  1: marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking  2: sick from excessive indulgence in liquor
  • Torpor:  1: a state of mental and motor inactivity with partial or total insensibility  2: apathy or dullness

That was fun.



Verbiage and friends.

Posted in Wonderful Words with tags , on 04/04/2013 by Jen Healey

Time for some wordy fun!

It’s been a long time since I shared some words from my (very old) word-a-day calendar that I had scribbled down in a notebook some years ago, so let’s do it –

  • Verbiage:  1: a profusion of words usually of little or obscure content.  2: a manner of expressing oneself in words: diction
  • Peripeteia:  a sudden or unexpected reversal of circumstances or situation especially in a literary work
  • Hegira:  a journey especially when undertaken to escape from a dangerous or undesirable situation: exodus
  • Laconic:  using or involving the use of a minimum of words: concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious
  • Indurate:  physically or morally hardened
  • Boondoggle(hahahaha) 1: a braided cord worn by Boy Scouts as a neckerchief slide, hatband, or ornament  2:  a useless or wasteful project or activity (much like tidying up during school hols!) 
  • Grisly  1: inspiring horror or intense fear  2: inspiring disgust or distaste
  • Auctorial:  of or relating to an author
  • Edacious  1: having a huge appetite: ravenous  2: excessively eager: insatiable
  • Capricious:  governed or characterised by sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated ideas or actions:  unpredictable
  • Facile  1a:  easily accomplished, handled or attained  b: shallow or simplistic  2a: ready or fluent  b: poised or assured
  • Execrable  1: detestable  2: wretched  (this may have to be used in a sentence today…possibly at work…) 
  • Gest  1: a tale of adventures; especially a romance in verse  2: an adventure or exploit
  • Colonel Blimp:  (hahahahahah) a pompous person with out-of-date or ultra conservative views; broadly:  reactionary
  • Fustian  1: a strong cotton and linen fabric  2: high-flown or affected writing or speech; broadly:  anything high-flown or affected in style
  • Purfle:  to ornament the border or edges of

I could go on, and on, and on.  Maybe next time.

Enjoy your day.

Ha, stupid spell-checker didn’t recognise six of these words!  I bet it’d overlook – lol!

It did – fucking disgraceful.


Absolutely Amazing!

Posted in Books, Journal, Mental Morsels, Music, Musings, Reviews, Wonderful Words with tags , , , , , on 15/03/2013 by Jen Healey

An exciting sounding title, I know, but I’m so filled with surprising good feeling at the moment.  (Let’s hope that me posting this doesn’t jinx that!)  But, I have recently been finding that despite dire finances and a lack of career focus, there really is more to life than these material matters.  Those of you who have spoken to me of late will be well aware of my latest fascination with Philosophy.  Please don’t run, I’m not going to start getting all pretentious and lofty, that’s just not me.  However, when I find something that is both helpful and interesting I like to share it with anyone that is willing to listen.

So, with this in mind, I’m going to sing the praises of both a book that I have recently read and the library services which made it possible for me to do so.  The book is ‘The Consolations of Philosophy’ – by Alain de Botton.  Which I will own for myself one day soon, as it has become a very important book to me, marking the beginning of a love affair with this subject.  Here is an open invitation to join up on goodreads and share a world of books and opinions – click here, if you like.

The other link that I’m going to pop on this quick little post is one to my local library service, which enables me to search, reserve and collect books without leaving the village (courtesy of the Mobile Library service).  Yes I know this may sound a little old-fashioned what with E-Readers and the like, but I don’t think that anything compares to the feel and smell of a real book, that has been held and read by other people before me.  Okay, enough sentimentality from me.  I would urge you to support the work of your local library though, it is free after all and is a precious thing that would be terrible to lose, in my humble opinion.

I hope to see you on goodreads soon.

Enjoy something simple and cheap/free where you can.

N.B.  The Rush obsession continues also – The Trees – please skip the stupid feckin advert and give this song a listen.  I love it.


Posted in Mental Morsels, Wonderful Words with tags on 02/10/2012 by Jen Healey

I had to share this lovely post with you, my amazing readers…

Emotional Wellness

What a wonderful message to wake up to on Facebook this morning- thought I would share. Remember everyone, we’re all amazing! But of course if we’re hypomanic we already know that ;).


Affirmations are a starting place for turning around negative thoughts about ourselves. Negative thinking can range from telling ourselves we’re not very good at something to completely believing we’re utter failures in life, completely unlovable and worthless.

Affirmations are positive statements we say to ourselves, for example- I love and take care of myself. 

Once we tell ourselves something over and over again, we start to believe it. Once we believe it, we look for proof in our lives to support that belief. Therefore if we believe we are inherently bad inside and unlovable- we look for everyday proof that this is so: such as somebody putting us down or a disappointing result in a task.


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Posted in Mental Morsels, Wonderful Words with tags on 20/05/2012 by Jen Healey

I hope that the author of the post I just reblogged doesn’t mind that I did that without asking permission!  I’ve never done that before, apologies if I have committed some massive faux pas.  But I thought it may be of interest to a couple of my readers, it was to me, also I would be unlikely to come across this any other way, as I refuse to join the Facecrap!

I do not take any credit for the post on Caring for Introverts, just wanted to share it with others.

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