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Third Grade Spelling Assignment

Yesterday in class, my son Robbie had to write down antonyms for his spelling words.

One of his words was “range”. He wrote “melee”.

Think about it…

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Insult or compliment? Flashcards |

Insult or compliment? Flashcards |

Seven excellent words here, and I did not know all of them.  I think #5 makes me giggle the most, because yes, I’m that immature.

Why does the letter Q almost always need to appear with a U in order to be useful? | The Hot Word

Why does the letter Q almost always need to appear with a U in order to be useful? | The Hot Word.

Fascinating stuff.  No, really!

My favorite phrase in this:  “a voiceless labiovelar stop”.

Shut up.



Do YOU know what a baculum is?

I do, I do!  Ooo, ooo, professor!

All primates but the human have them.  Rabbits, rhinoceroses, elephants, horses, marsupials, cetaceans, and a few other mammalian types are lacking the baculum.

I read about them in a recent issue of Mental Floss magazine, specifically that the walrus baculum can be up to 30 inches long or more, the largest in the mammal kingdom.

Wanna know what it is?

The penis bone.

Check this out for more info.  Yes, I giggled a lot.  Yes, I know, I’m immature for giggling, but it is interesting!  I was a biology major, I’m allowed to giggle a little and still find it interesting.

Baculum entry on Wikipedia

Find Your Name’s Best Anagram

This is a fun tool! An Anagram Creator:

I used it to find an anagram of the title of Fred and George’s sought-after book in my fanfic “Recipe for Success”.  Worked great.

My nickname and last name give me the anagram: “JINN CHEF“.  I like that.  Who knew that I cook for genies?

Some other amusing anagram results:

Hermione Jean Granger: AM A JEERING GREENHORN

Ronald Bilius Weasley: ALLELUIA!  BY ROWDINESS

Harry James Potter: JOY!  TRASH TAMPERER

Tom Marvolo Riddle: IMMORTAL, ODD LOVER

Draco Malfoy: A FOOL, MAD CRY

THIS cracks me up however – in canon HP, we never know Draco’s real middle name, but fanfiction often says he is ‘Draco Lucius’ or ‘Draco Abraxas’.  For fun, I put “Draco Abraxas Malfoy” into the Creator.  Look at the resultant anagram:

Draco Abraxas Malfoy: A FOXY, SAD, AMORAL CRAB

My gods!  That’s… that’s… uncanny!!!

A Favorite Word: Thwart

Thwart.  I really like this word.  Thwart.  Just saying it makes me laugh.  Thwart.  Thwartthwartthwartthwart.  To actually thwart someone makes me laugh more.

I try to use it in all my stories and frequently in my emails and correspondence.

(I am, of course, referring to its meaning of “preventing someone from successfully accomplishing a task”, not “a seat stretching across a canoe”.)

Random House Dictionary (from


–verb (used with object)
1. to oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing apurpose.
2. to frustrate or baffle (a plan, purpose, etc.).


4. a seat across a boat, esp. one used by a rower.
5. a transverse member spreading the gunwales of a canoe or the like.
1200–50;  ME thwert  (adv.) < ON thvert  across, neut. of thverr transverse; c. OE thweorh  crooked, cross,
Goth thwairhs  cross,angry

—Related forms

thwart·ed·ly, adverb
thwarter, noun
un·thwart·ed, adjective
un·thwart·ing, adjective Unabridged

Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2010.

A Favorite Word: Crepuscular

I love this word, the way it feels when you say it.  Ferrets are crepuscular.  Did you know?
I take that to mean that Draco Malfoy would be quite active at dawn and at dusk.  😉

World English Dictionary
crepuscular (krɪˈpʌskjʊlə) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]
— adj
1. of or like twilight; dim
2. (of certain insects, birds, and other animals) active at twilight or just before dawn
[C17: from Latin crepusculum dusk, from creper dark]
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