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21 Days to a Bigger Vocabulary - Day 12

Wednesday, 30 January 2008


pronunciation:  som-nil-uh-kwizm

definition:  speech uttered in one's sleep.

My husband often entertains me, and sometimes scares the wits out of me, with his impromptu somniloquies.  He startled me awake early one morning with a sharp, "Shh!" 

I jumped out of bed and cried, "What?" 

"Quiet!  I'm on the phone!" he mumbled in his sleep.

I climbed back into bed and decided to be nosey, "Who are you talking to?" 

"Just.  A.  Minute!" he whispered, "let me finish this call."

I was tired and afraid to provoke him by further interrupting his important "call," so I went back to sleep.

Perhaps you live with your own gifted somniloquist?


21 Days to a Bigger Vocabulary - Day 11

Tuesday, 29 January 2008


Pronunciation:  buh-tol-uh-jee

Definition:  Needless, wearisome repetition of words.

I was, like, you know, trying to come with, like a, like really, really good example of how, you know, you might, like, use this word.  I'm sure you, like, you know, know people who always, like, repeat everything they say.  Repeat it, you know, for no good reason, just to like, hear themselves repeat it.  Those people are, you know, just like, so battologically battological you just can't, you know, like stand it.

I don't know.  Just don't know.  Maybe you can, you know, come up with your own battologically battological example that illustrates and shows how battology can, like, be used in a sentence.

I'm worn out.





Friday, 25 January 2008

Okay!  I'm it!  I've been tagged by Diane to participate in this, my first meme since I started blogging again. 

What is a meme?  Given ten minutes of internet research and my limited capacity to retain scientific terminology, here's what I've gleaned:  The term was first used by ethologist Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene to describe a kind of cultural gene; a mental virus if you will, which propagates and permeates and evolves our culture through a process of behavioral natural selection.

That's as far as I got before my eyes started to cross. 

For our purposes, we'll define it as a blog-based chain letter.

This particular meme calls for links to my 5 favorite personal blog posts according to the following rules:

Link 1 must be about family.  Easy.  Since my early blog was primarily family related humor, I picked one of my favorite stories.

Link 2 must be about friends.  I haven't written much about friends, but this got a laugh out of its subject, my friend Kim.

Link 3 must be about yourself.  Well, it's all about me, right?

Link 4 must be about something you love.  I love writing and this is short-short was inspired by an interruption during my writing time.

Link 5 can be anything you choose.  This is a short story length fiction piece based on a real story and was a cathartic exercise for me.  I've not tried to have it published, but many people have emailed me to say that they could relate.

Now, who to tag?  See, this is exactly why I never volunteer to be a Pampered Chef  hostess, either, because I just don't know who to ask. 

I'll get back to you on who to tag.  Maybe I'll tag 20 random blogging strangers.



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