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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 Wonderful Words with tags on 15/04/2011 by Jen Healey

A pretty cool word for your consideration today –


1:  marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections 

2:  calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument 

I have known more than my fair share of people who are inclined towards captious behaviour, I’m sure that I’m not alone in this either.  Such people are usually unavoidable too, either family members or work colleagues.  Although, it is not always compulsory to tolerate such people in these areas of your life.  I say, that if something is bad for your mental health, change it/do something about it.  Change your workplace, have contact with who you want to – on your own terms.  Self-preservation is a right that you shouldn’t feel guilty about exercising.  You only get one life (probably).  Fill it with things and people who are good for you, not harmful.

Word of the day

Posted in Wonderful Words with tags on 02/04/2011 by Jen Healey


askew, awry, catercorner. 

 The items on the desk were all catawampus.

Hi ho!

Posted in Musings, Wonderful Words with tags , on 14/03/2011 by Jen Healey

Today I finally finished sorting through all my work stuff, in preparation for my dreaded return to the world of mental health care provision 😉 

In the process of filing my collected resources I came across loads of good stuff I forgot I had, which may be of interest to you dear readers.  Nothing too clinical, just some commonsense stuff that is useful to remember, as sometimes we all fail to recognise that we are doing things that are bad for our mental health.  I have always found it strange, since I started my training in 2000, that people assume their minds to be stronger than other parts of their bodies, which in itself is a bit bonkers really.  It is sad when people still feel the sting of societal stigma prevents them from doing the one thing that would ease their problems, talking about it with friends and/or family.  It just seems logical to me that the brain is just another organ of the body, why can’t it come down with a cold on occasion? 

So, with this in mind, I plan to share some of the good stuff that I have learned in my years as a mental health professional.  To promote the importance of being gentle with yourself sometimes and taking care of your ‘head health’.  Easy mind-massage if you will. 

I will not use this blog as a soap-box to preach anything, as I can’t even decide on a particular focus for it, not that you’d noticed eh?!  When I signed on for this blog I did (sort of) go through the exercises that are designed to help you decide upon the focus of your page, which did not help me gain any kind of clarity, other than the realisation that I’m interested in lots of different things.  Jack of all, master of none I guess!  I think I just want to be clear that my occupation does not define me or my interests, therefore I will not be limiting my blog to just one subject. 

Also, whilst sorting through my work stuff, I realised that when I actually return to work (3rd May ’11) I may not be able to honour my pledge to you (and myself) to write a blog everyday.  At least not a lengthy, well-thought-out and perfectly executed one.  I know, you’re still waiting for one like that 🙂 

So, I’ve added another category for days when I’m pushed for time, that is ‘Wonderful Words’, which I will use as a bit of a ‘word of the day’ type thing for sharing brilliant words and their meanings that I have collected. 

Here’s one for today: 

CRAPULOUS  1: marked by intemperance especially in eating or drinking  2: sick from excessive indulgence in liquor. 

Which is really what people should call in sick with when they’re too hung over to go to work I think…

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