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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #975 on: April 01, 2018, 05:56:48 PM »
Today's word of the day is....

cuckoo
adjective KOO-koo

Definition
1 : of, relating to, or resembling the cuckoo

2 : deficient in sense or intelligence : silly

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #976 on: April 01, 2018, 07:27:37 PM »
He jolted awake, his heart raced as he fumbled with the blankets, movements wild in the struggle to identify what had triggered his sudden lurch from sleep. It took only a moment before the sound shattered the night once more, her cursed cuckoo. He was not entirely sure why she thought that the creature needed to be brought inside, but at the current rate he was sure the feathered menace would soon drive him cuckoo if he continued to lose sleep.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #977 on: April 02, 2018, 06:32:31 AM »
Her mother drove him cuckoo with all her nagging about treating her daughter right. Would her daughter really marry him if he didn't treat her in a proper manner?

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #978 on: April 02, 2018, 01:14:42 PM »
Today's word of the day is....

abide
verb uh-BYDE

Definition
1 a : to bear patiently : tolerate

b : to endure without yielding : withstand

2 : to wait for : await

3 : to accept without objection

4 : to remain stable or fixed in a state

5 : to continue in a place : sojourn

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #979 on: April 02, 2018, 06:39:06 PM »
He lifted her chin to meet her gaze as the rough skin of his thumb brushed away the tear which threatened to spill over her cheek. "My dear, my love, I cannot abide with what you ask no matter how deeply I love you. I will not stand by and let them treat you so."

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #980 on: April 03, 2018, 02:36:17 AM »
"The Rose abides." He nodded at the innkeeper who quickly escorted him into the kitchens and up a back stairways. The door opened and who should be sitting there but his Queen.

"Your Majesty." He quickly kneeled.

"Cease the formalities. We have much to discuss. Revolution is at hand." She was ever the poise monarch, even as she called for war.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #981 on: April 03, 2018, 01:59:19 PM »
Today's word of the day is....

sensibility
noun sen-suh-BIL-uh-tee

Definition
1 : ability to receive sensations : sensitiveness
2 : peculiar susceptibility to a pleasurable or painful impression (as from praise or a slight) — often used in plural
3 : awareness of and responsiveness toward something (such as emotion in another)
4 : refined or excessive sensitiveness in emotion and taste

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #982 on: April 03, 2018, 06:12:54 PM »
It was with a delicate touch that she place the last rose within the floral display. It had taken hours to complete the room, but as she stepped back to take in the result of her dedication, she could not help but smile. The moment of contentment was not to last, as the sound of raucous laughter filtered down the hall and alerted her to the fact that her father's guests had arrived. While prepared for the festivities, she was not prepared for what they truly entailed. The guest arrived in a gaudy display of costumes, feathers and gauze, of which in some cases little was left to the imagination. While she had always fancied herself a worldly woman, the onslaught of hedonism flowed over her in a dizzied wave. Not all was ruined though, as her father caught her mid swoon and swept his daughter away to her own room to find shelter within while the festivities continued. It seemed that her father's take on propriety did not measure up to her own delicate sensibilities.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #983 on: April 03, 2018, 10:47:05 PM »
It was his sensibility that stopped him from stepping into the dark alley, until he saw the black rat run into it. Reasoning that any place an animal went must be safe, he ventured in as well.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #984 on: April 04, 2018, 11:54:20 AM »
Today's word of the day is....

career
verb kuh-REER

Definition
: to go at top speed especially in a headlong manner

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #985 on: April 04, 2018, 06:39:16 PM »
The roar of the engine throbbed through her legs and settled into the base of her spine, intermingled with the tingle of excitement. Lips curled into a bright smile, her eyes glittered as they watched the countdown before the vehicles as they revved their engines in anticipation of the start. Each number flickered, faded and fell until the coveted zero exploded with the sound of the starting pistol. The cars careened out of the starting line, the bodies of metal and rubber  screaming as the drivers let the throttles wide. She laughed, the adrenaline and thrill of the race, who could ask for more as she hurtled at deadly speeds around the track once more.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #986 on: April 04, 2018, 07:12:28 PM »
The breaks went out. As the car went careering past a lamp post and into the grocery storefront, Rob lost all sensibility. Frozen, he watched as his life flashed before his eyes for the first time in his life; in those long moments before the car came to a smoking standstill and the airbags deployed, billowing out to catch him roughly in the chest and face, he wished silent goodbyes to his wife and children at least half a dozen times.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #987 on: April 05, 2018, 03:42:44 AM »
There was a brief moment when Althea debated turning back, returning to her companions and admitting that they should probably entertain thoughts of a new plan.  The men would undoubtedly be relieved and eager to explore other options, ones where their fate did not rest so squarely in her delicate hands.  It was that thought which stiffened her spine, made her take a deep calming breath and slowly work her way closer to the shadowy darkness of the walls of the fortification before her.

She ignored the gruesome sight of the bodies displayed there, refusing to give into the terror they were meant to inspire.  The decision was made, there was nothing left but to career ahead and see it done!

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #988 on: April 05, 2018, 01:38:50 PM »
Today's word of the day is....

veld
noun VELT

Definition
1 : a grassland especially of southern Africa usually with scattered shrubs or trees

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #989 on: April 05, 2018, 07:26:44 PM »
Sunlight crept over the dew tipped aloe and feathery tips of golden rooibos while pink rays and dusted orange fingers wound their way across the dusty landscape and barren wilds in search of life which slumbered beneath the Marula trees. Here and there the rustle of shrub, of fern and palm as dawn heralded a new day for the creatures nestled amid the stone and flora of the veld. Morning had broken in the Cederberg and as she sat there amid the shadows of the chalet, kudu and elephant, baboon and lion each in turn presented themselves for the canvas on which she captured the world.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #990 on: April 06, 2018, 06:52:20 PM »
Today's word of the day is....

ineluctable
adjective in-ih-LUK-tuh-bul

Definition
: not to be avoided, changed, or resisted : inevitable

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #991 on: April 06, 2018, 09:03:36 PM »
Strong agile fingers found purchase upon the worked stone blocks easily but Althea did not rush her upward progress.  The boy's uncle had done her a favor with his cruelty.  With so many bodies dotting the wall one more would not go noticed especially if she kept her pace slow and steady with no quick movements to draw the eye.  She did not look down or out over the countryside spread behind her.  When last she'd been here prime farmland had butted against green forest.  The trees had been decimated, now there was only scraggly brush and the occasional twisted stump.

Part of her had held some hope that there might be a way to reason with the man, that she would arrive to find much of this a misunderstanding to be cleared up.  But seeing the state of things his death was now ineluctable

The crenellation at the top of the wall undoubtedly made the job of the castle's defenders easy when firing upon the enemy, but it also made it easy for her to swing herself upward and over the edge, landing on the stone walkway with only the barest of sounds.  Her caution was likely overkill, she'd heard the guard pass a few minutes ago and there wasn't another due for a good quarter hour.  Still it went against her nature to be sloppy and so she kept to the shadows as she traced her way along the wall to the stairs which she knew would lead to the yard below.

So far so good...

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #992 on: April 06, 2018, 09:46:25 PM »
While I had hoped to complete my Word of the Day phrase with a delightful short story, I found that I had misjudged my level of exhaustion and was faced with the ineluctable fate that I must sleep rather than write.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #993 on: April 07, 2018, 10:19:19 AM »
The ice skater careered across the ice and leapt into the arms of his one true love - the teddy bearoko mascot. They hugged and to the amazement of the audience, skated up into the air and continued his dance.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #994 on: April 07, 2018, 10:21:19 AM »
She led her baby to the drinking hole amid the veld, hoping that there wouldn't be a predator. If there was, the predator would regret being born that day. She flexed her newfound powers, staring at the rock until it vibrated, then evaporated.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #995 on: April 07, 2018, 10:22:53 AM »
Her test scores were ineluctable after being sleep-deprived for so long. Still, he could have been less cruel and not rub it in. Now was the time for her revenge. She stared at the packet of fries and added some salt to it. His slug would pay.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #996 on: April 07, 2018, 11:21:40 PM »
April 7th's word is....

reify
verb RAY-uh-fye

Definition
: to consider or represent (something abstract) as a material or concrete thing : to give definite content and form to (a concept or idea)

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #997 on: April 08, 2018, 05:00:43 AM »
He wanted to reify his dream of becoming a renowned tuba player, so he spent many hours playing daily, and also picked up running to improve his stamina. In the end, he became so good at running that he broke records and became a professional athlete. However, his tuba dreams remained unanswered.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #998 on: April 08, 2018, 06:56:39 PM »
She had always thought that her neighbour had seemed to be a suspicious sort and suspected that he was involved in crime. When she arrived home that evening, the presence of the police next door served to reify the belief.

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Re: ~ Word of the Day ~
« Reply #999 on: April 08, 2018, 07:16:12 PM »
Today's word of the day is....

bastion
noun BAS-chun

Definition
1 : a projecting part of a fortification

2 : a fortified area or position

3 a : a place of security or survival

b : a place dominated by a particular group or marked by a particular characteristic