My guiding star

Lodestar is a noun meaning: someone or something that serves as a guiding principle, model, inspiration, ambition, etc.



ETYMOLOGY: From Old English lad (way) + star. A lodestar is called so because it’s used in navigation, it shows the way. Earliest documented use: 1374


“He was her rock, the lodestar on which she could focus.” Laura Benedict; Bliss House; Pegasus Books; 2014.

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Look it’s a Hell Strip!

oak tree-exIsn’t it delicious? I never knew the correct term for that little strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street, I just knew that our city won’t allow us to trim the tree there. Although that tree is so huge, its limbs are reaching toward our house over the front lawn showering our front lawn with detritus, we still cannot legally trim it back.

However, the “strip of grass” (which is actually weeds) is our responsibility to keep up. NOT FAIR I SAY!

exclamation point-redAt any rate, when I went to find the correct term for that strip of grass, much to my surprise and amusement, I find that it has a ton of names.



vergeYou may call it a: verge, road verge,  besidewalk, boulevard, city grass, devil strip, government grass, hellstrip, island strip, nature strip, neutral ground, out lawn, parking strip, parkway, planting strip, road reserve, sidewalk buffer, tree belt, tree lawn, utility strip, and yard sample.

verge2It is defined as “a narrow strip of grass or plants, and sometimes also trees, located between the carriageway (roadway) curb (or road surface edge or shoulder) and the boundary of a road”, according to Wikipedia.


hairy monsters!

bearded man_weirdI found this hairy monster of a word in The Reader’s Digest: pogonotrophy (noun) means the act of growing and grooming facial hair!



bearded manHere’s a few more hairy tongue twisters: pogonology is the study of beards and pogonotomy is a fancy word for shaving.

Etymology: [From Greek pogon (beard) + -trophy (nourishment, growth).]


What did you call me?

Don’t be an idiom! Just kidding… on for more info…..

An idiom is a noun:

FRENCH FLAG1. a : the language peculiar to a people, district, community, or class :dialec

b :  the syntactical, grammatical, or structural form peculiar to a language

2. an expression, in the usage of a language that is peculiar to itself either grammatically (as no, it wasn’t me) or in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements (as ride herd on for “supervise”)

jazz- sax3. a style or form of artistic expression that is characteristic of an individual, a period or movement, or a medium or instrument <the modern jazz idiom>; broadly : manner, style <a new culinary idiom>


greek flagFirst known use was in 1588; from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French idiome, from Late Latin idioma (an individual peculiarity of language), from Greek idiōmat-, idiōma, from idiousthai (to appropriate), from idios



What the heck is a paraprosdokian?

This was sent to me by an old friend, Diane Stephen, from the WPWU Ryze group.

Winston ChurchillA paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected; frequently humorous. Winston Churchill loved them, here are a few to whet your whistle!


1. Where there’s a will, I want to be in it.
2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.
3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.


Tuesday’s word for the day….when it rains it pours!

clouds in dark sky#2I ran into this little gem in the Reader’s Digest… petrichor- the scent outside after it rains. It is a bouquet unto its own, and deserves its own word. Don’t ya think?

Fun word of the day…Enjoy your food!

Fun with Words….Enjoy your food!
I chose this word today for other than its meaning…it is one of the few words in the English language which list the (major) vowels each one time, in order!
Thanksgiving Dinner 2011-1abstemious (adj.)
1. Eating and drinking in moderation.
2. Characterized by abstinence or moderation
Used in a sentence: During Thanksgiving, Americans are anything but abstemious.


Etymology: [From Latin “abstmius: abs-, ab-, meaning “away”; + *tmum, liquor, variant of tmtum.]