Posts Tagged ‘The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraodinarily Literate’

Sticks and Stones . . . !

April 25, 2018

For police officers, the rules are a bit different.  As a public servant, they often times must endure every form of abuse from the public they serve (from verbal to physical) all while remaining calm, polite, and in control of the situation.  The police officer’s “peace” cannot be disturbed, they cannot be “offended” by anything said to, or about them, and they must remain professional at all times . . . even as the public they serve scream imprecations at the officers who are just attempting to do their jobs.

imprecation

\ im-pri-key-shuh n \, noun;

1.  the act of imprecating; cursing.
2.  a curse; malediction.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.
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The Brazenness!

April 4, 2018

Are you familiar with “the people of Walmart?”  It is a  website that features user-submitted photos of Walmart customers who are considered to be socially awkward or undesirable.  It often times highlights inappropriate clothing options.  You could say that is provides insight into the impudicity of some Walmart shoppers.

impudicity

\ im-pyoodis-i-tee \, noun;

1.   shamelessness; immodesty.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com

Could I Get Some Help Here?!

March 14, 2018

Sometimes, pleading is required to encourage certain courses of action.  “The designated spokesperson provided quite the hortatory address to the City Council as an appeal to them to declare the neighborhood drug house a nuisance.”

hortatory

\ hawr-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee \, adjective;

1.  urging to some course of conduct or action; exhorting; encouraging.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and http://www.dictionary.com.

The Gallows!

February 21, 2018

Back in the day of public executions, the deceased were often times “left on display” for all to see.  An early attempt at deterrence, perhaps.  The means/device for doing so actually has a name (which I recently discovered).  “The executions took place on market days on a hill outside the town, the gibbet somewhat resembling a guillotine.”

gibbet

\ jib-it \, noun;

1.  a gallows with a projecting arm at the top, from which the bodies of criminals were
formerly hung in chains and left suspended after execution. 

verb (used with object)gibbeted, gibbeting.
2.  to hang on a gibbet.
3.  to put to death by hanging on a gibbet.
4.  to hold up to public scorn.
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich, and http://www.dictionary.com.

Words of Wisdom!

January 24, 2018

Wisdom, so difficult to come by (at times).  I believe William Shakespeare says it best: “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”  Wisdom is a pretty common word, but if you are interested in shaking things up a bit for variety, check out some of the synonyms below.

wisdom

\ wiz-duh m \, noun;

1.  the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
2.  scholarly knowledge or learning.

3.  wise sayings or teachings; precepts.
4.  a wise act or saying.
5.  (initial capital letterDouay Bible. Wisdom of Solomon.

According to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some other options to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage): amazingly enough, all of the words below use “shivaree” in their definitions.

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.  Definitions courtesy of http://www.dictionary.com

It’s Not Just a Mass, Anymore!

December 19, 2017

It has recently become the tradition at many of the Catholic funeral masses I have attended to have an encomiast (or the invitation for any attendee(s) to provide an encomium).  Growing up there was generally a mass, but no eulogies provided (or at least not that I remember) . . . the times they are a changing!

encomiast

\ en-koh-mee-ast, –uh st \, noun;

1.  a person who utters or writes an encomium.
2.  a eulogist.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com

Allow Me to Offer the Eulogy!

November 28, 2017

It has recently become the tradition at many of the Catholic funeral masses I have attended to have an encomiast (or the invitation for any attendee(s) to provide an encomium).

encomiast

\ en-koh-mee-ast, –uh st \, noun;

1.  a person who utters or writes an encomium; eulogist.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com

How Soothing!

November 7, 2017

Getting sick is never fun (especially in the summer) and having a raw or irritated throat can make your life miserable.  So, when I feel the first tickle in my throat, I’m quickly reaching for any demulcent throat lozenge that I can find.

demulcent

\ dih-muhl-suh nt \, adjective;

1.  soothing or mollifying, as a medicinal substance

noun
2.  a demulcent substance or agent, often mucilaginous, as for soothing or protecting an irritated mucous membrane.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com

Sorry for the Delay!

September 26, 2017

Today’s word speaks volumes to the lack of timeliness on the part of so many people these days.  Having been raised to always arrive at appointments a little bit early, I guess one of my pet peeves would be having to wait on those who were not similarly raised.

As an avid movie-goer myself, I can sometimes become a bit peeved at the cunctation of other movie-goers because it can disrupt the film.

cunctation

\ kuhngk-tey-shuh n \, noun;

1.   delay; tardiness.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com

Okay, That’s Settled Then!

September 5, 2017

I have never had the occasion to use this word previously, and I certainly never would have guessed to put the stress on the second syllable (when pronouncing), but alas. I have experienced a short quietus several years ago, when I was finishing up my law enforcement career, but before I had begun my academic librarian career.

quietus

\ kwahy-ee-tuh s \, noun;

1.  a finishing stroke; anything that effectually ends or settles
2.  discharge or release from life
3.  a period of retirement or inactivity

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and http://www.dictionary.com