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Utter Madness!

Madness, chaos, wild confusion and disorder. This is the way the universe began - we're told. As the "dust" settles things become  more orderly more and more still. Yet, stillness is not always proof of becoming more orderly, just look at my room! It's very still! But definitely not orderly. My room reflects my state of mind, my house reflects my body, my property reflects my immediate social environment, further a field reflects my place in society. On and on until we pan out to view the whole world, the planet, as my body, filled with sextiillions of elements from the atomic level, all the way up to the planetary scale. My room is a mess, my house is much the same, my property is isolated but has a good view, my local community seem to be active. Further a field society is sinking into mud on one side and overcoming huge mountains on the other. Panning out into space, the planet looks dry and brown as industrialisation consumes the globe like a nasty rash. Weather systems are becoming more and more difficult to predict, even reversing in some cases. It is the perfect time to start a doomsday religion! Kidding, just so you know    

D.S.Weeleemee

D.S.Weeleemee

 

Make Your Bed!

Remarks by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ '77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations Command, Texas Exes Life Member, and Distinguished Alumnus. University-Wide Commencement The University of Texas at Austin, May 17, 2014.
 

Apostrophe

The apostrophe ( ’ or ' ) character is a punctuation mark, and sometimes a diacritical mark, in languages that use the Latin alphabet and some other alphabets. In English it is used for several purposes: The marking of the omission of one or more letters (as in the contraction of do not to don't). The marking of possessive case (as in the eagle's feathers, or in one month's time). The marking of plurals of individual characters (e.g. p's and q's, three a's, four i's, and two u's, Oakland A's). The word apostrophe comes ultimately from Greek ἡ ἀπόστροφος [προσῳδία] (hē apóstrophos [prosōidía], '[the accent of] turning away', or 'elision'), through Latin and French. The apostrophe looks the same as a closing single quotation mark in many fonts, although they have different meanings, and Unicode recommends using the quotation mark character to represent most uses of the apostrophe. The apostrophe also looks similar to, but is not the same as, the prime symbol ( ′ ), which is used to indicate measurement in feet or arcminutes, as well as for various mathematical purposes, and the ʻokina ( ʻ ), which represents a glottal stop in Polynesian languages. Other substitutes such as ´ (acute) and ‘ (open single quotation mark) are common due to ambiguous treatment of the apostrophe in digital typesetting
 

Pejorative

pejorative \ pi-ˈjȯr-ə-tiv , -ˈjär- \ noun and adjective Etymology French 1882 péjorative (“depreciative, disparaging”), from Late Latin pēiōrātus, past participle of pēiōrāre (“make worse”), from Latin pēior (“worse”). Compare English 1644 pejorate (“to worsen”), from the same etymology. Pronunciation (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /pɪˈdʒɒɹətɪv/ (General American) IPA(key): /pəˈdʒɔɹəɾɪv/ This entry needs audio files. If you have a microphone, please record some and upload them below. ------------------------------------------------------ Adjective pejorative (comparative more pejorative, superlative most pejorative) Disparaging, belittling or derogatory. Synonyms derogatory dyslogistic Antonyms approbative eulogistic meliorative -------------------------------------------------------- Noun pejorative (plural pejoratives) A disparaging, belittling, or derogatory word or expression. Synonyms dyslogism dysphemism Antonyms eulogism
 

Piscatorial

piscatorial \ ˌpi-skə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl \ adjective Etymology From Latin piscātor (“fisherman”), from piscis (“fish”). Adjective piscatorial (not comparable) Of or pertaining to fishermen or fishing. quotations ▼ Of or pertaining to fish; piscine. quotations ▼ Synonyms piscatory
 

Megalomaniac

megalomaniac \ ˌme-gə-lō-ˈmā-nē-ə , -nyə \ noun Etymology First attested in 1890, from French mégalomanie; Surface etymology is megalo- +‎ -mania. Pronunciation IPA(key): /ˌmɛɡəloʊˈmeɪniə/, /ˌmɛɡəloʊˈmeɪnjə/ Rhymes: -eɪniə Noun megalomania megalomania (countable and uncountable, plural megalomanias) A psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence. An obsolete name for narcissistic personality disorder. An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions. Synonyms (psychopathological condition): delusion of grandeur Derived terms megalomaniacal
 

Parsimony

parsimony • \ˈpär-sə-ˌmō-nē\ • noun  1. extreme stinginess
2. extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily   Etymology From Middle English parcimonie, from Middle French parsimonie, from Latin parsimōnia (“frugality, sparingness”), from parsus, past participle of parcere (“to spare”). Pronunciation Hyphenation: par‧si‧mony Quotations    (by extension) The principle of using the fewest resources or explanations to solve a problem. Synonyms see stinginess and niggardliness see also economy, frugality, stingy and frugal Related terms parsimonious
 

Profligate

profligate \ ˈprä-fli-gət , -ˌgāt \ adjective and noun   Etymology From Latin prōflīgātus (“wretched, abandoned”), participle of prōflīgō (“strike down, cast down”), from pro (“forward”) + fligere (“to strike, dash”). Pronunciation (adjective, noun, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒflɪɡət/ (adjective, noun, US) enPR: prŏʹflĭgət, IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑːflɪɡət/ (adjective, noun) Audio (US) Your browser does not support the HTML5 audio tag.
  (verb, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒflɪɡeɪt/ (verb, US) enPR: prŏʹflĭgāt, IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑːflɪɡeɪt/ (verb) Audio (US) Your browser does not support the HTML5 audio tag.
  Adjective profligate (comparative more profligate, superlative most profligate) Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly. quotations  Immoral; abandoned to vice. quotations  Roscommon a race more profligate than we Dryden Made prostitute and profligate muse. (obsolete) Overthrown, ruined. quotations  Hudibras The foe is profligate, and run. Synonyms (inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly): extravagant, wasteful, prodigal (immoral, abandoned to vice): immoral, licentious prodigal   Derived terms profligateness ---------------------------------------------------------- Noun profligate (plural profligates) An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person. An overly wasteful or extravagant individual.   Synonyms (overly wasteful or extravagant individual): wastrel spendthrift and prodigal ---------------------------------------------------------- Verb profligate (third-person singular simple present profligates, present participle profligating, simple past and past participle profligated) (obsolete) To drive away; to overcome. quotations 1840, Alexander Walker, Woman Physiologically Considered as to Mind, Morals, Marriage, Matrimonial Slavery, Infidelity and Divorce, page 157: Such a stipulation would remove one powerful temptation to profligate pennyless seducers, of whom there are too many prowling in the higher circles ; Synonyms (to drive away; to overcome): overcome Related terms profligacy profligately profligateness profligation
 

Magniloquent

magniloquent  \mag-ˈni-lə-kwənt\  adjective  : lofty in style     Etymology From post-Classical Latin magniloquens (“talkative, verbose”). Adjective magniloquent (comparative more magniloquent,  superlative most magniloquent) Speaking pompously; using deliberately long or esoteric words Synonyms: bombastic, tumid, grandiloquent Synonyms fustian lexiphanic
 

Disputatious

disputatious \ˌdis-pyə-ˈtā-shəs\ adjective Your browser does not support the HTML5 audio tag.
  1864, “Visit of King James to Oxford in 1605: Tobacologia: Date of "Macbeth"”, in  Notes and Queries‎: Synonyms argumentative, contentious, quarrelsome Antonyms conciliatory, pacific, peaceable Related terms disputatiousness
 

Unmitigated

unmitigated \ˌən-ˈmi-tə-ˌgā-təd\ adjective : not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier   "the tour had been an unmitigated disaster" synonyms: absolute, unqualified, categorical, complete, total,  downright, outright, utter, out-and-out, undiluted, unequivocal,  untempered, veritable, perfect, consummate, pure, sheer "the raid was an unmitigated disaster"  
 

Reprobation

reprobation \ˌre-prə-ˈbā-shən\ noun   Reprobation, in Christian theology, is a corollary to the Calvinistic or broadly Augustinian doctrine of unconditional election which teaches that some of mankind (the elect) are predestined by Godfor salvation, and the remainder, the reprobate, are left to be condemned to damnation in the "lake of fire". When a sinner is so hardened as to feel no remorse or misgiving of conscience, it is considered as a sign of reprobation. The English word, reprobate, is from the Latin root probare (English: prove, test), and thus derived from the Latin, reprobatus (reproved, condemned), the opposite of approbatus (commended, approved). ------------------------------------------------------------ Further / extended uses: Calvinistic doctrine As stated in the Canons of Dordrecht, First Head (Chapter 1) Article 15 [1]: As explained by Loraine Boettner, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (Eerdmans, 1932): What does it mean to be given over to a reprobate mind? What is the doctrine of reprobation?
 

Copacetic

Adjective copacetic (comparative more copacetic, superlative most copacetic) (US, slang) Fine, excellent, OK.  Pronunciation (UK) IPA(key): /kəʊ.pəˈsɛt.ɪk/ (US) IPA(key): /ˌkoʊ.pəˈsɛt.ɪk/ Etymology According to Stephen Goranson, "There is good reason to think that Irving Bacheller invented the word [with spelling "copasetic"] for a fictional character with a private vocabulary in his best-selling and later-serialized 1919 book about Abraham Lincoln in Illinois, A Man for the Ages", and that its currency increased by use in the lyrics of the 1920 song "At the New Jump Steady Ball". Many other theories exist, all of which lack supporting evidence: That the term originated among African Americans in the Southern US in the early 20th century or late 19th century—perhaps specifically in the jargon of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (who certainly popularized it, in any case). That it derives from Cajun French coup esètique / coupersètique (“capable of being coped with successfully; able to cope with anything and everything”).[4] It is old French slang for "final cut", meaning the point beyond which something can no longer be changed. Associated with the blade of the guillotine. That it derives from a word *copasetti used by Italian speakers in New York. That it derives from Chinook Jargon copasenee (“everything is satisfactory”) — if the Chinook Jargon term is not itself derived from English. The common suggestion that the term derives from Hebrew הכל בסדר‎ (hakól b'séder, “everything is in order”) has been rejected, as has the fanciful suggestion that it derives from criminals' observation that they could go about their business because "the cop is on the settee".  
 

Sugar

Sugar was relatively unknown until the 1400s in Europe. It came primarily from India. The reason we have “candy” is because sugar came from Khandar in India.

Michael Krewson

Michael Krewson

 

Clean water

Clean water was hard and almost impossible to get. As a result, people drank a great deal of alcohol. One girl of 13 visiting Boston from England complained to her grandmother back home that she was being forced to drink water, and the grandmother demanded that she be given beer or wine instead. In NYC the scarce water on Manhattan was so polluted that a company was formed to truck in water from outside the city. That company became Chase Manhattan Bank. The water in the city was thought to cause yellow fever and cholera and so it was regularly cut with alcohol and the entire city was drunk for almost a year during the cholera epidemic of 1812.

Michael Krewson

Michael Krewson

 

Forks

Forks weren’t invented til the 1500s and they were seen as something odd. Until then, people used their knife to shovel food onto their spoon. When the fork started to catch on, the Catholic Church banned it, saying that using forks was blasphemy since God gave us fingers.

Michael Krewson

Michael Krewson



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